Erdogan: "Anyone interfering in Northern Syria has not suffered from Ottoman repercussions"

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Expect more pledges in the coming days while Rex Tillerson tours the Middle East, but it will likely be far short of what Baghdad says it needs. "That's why they arrested us in an irregular way", Demirtas, 44, said, according to tweets by the HDP. "They know what has to be on the table for conversations".

Tillerson will meet Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu on Friday morning.

Ankara says the YPG is the Syrian offshoot of its outlawed Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK), which has waged a three-decade rebellion in Turkey's southeast. ISIS is an alternative acronym for the Islamic State group.

Though US forces appear able to tactically defend the pieces of eastern and southern Syria their allies control, the Trump administration lacks the leverage to pursue its stated goals in the country, which are to prevent a resurgence of the Islamic State, stop Iran from entrenching its forces there and promote a new political order that excludes the Assad regime. He is also visiting Jordan, Turkey, Lebanon, and Kuwait.

When asked questions about how fair the vote will be, Tillerson said the United States has always supported free and fair elections in any country, including Egypt.

Turkish public opinion in favour of the U.S. is low according to a poll published yesterday by the Centre for American Progress, which found 83 per cent of Turks view America unfavourably and 46 per cent believe the country should do more to confront it.

Shoukry said certain human rights groups that criticized the electoral climate in Egypt lacked information and "direct association" with Egyptian society.

The latest front to open up in the war is Syria's Kurdish enclave of Afrin, which is bordered by Turkey to its west and north and surrounded by pro-Ankara rebels to its east and south. "Let's not make it more so", one official said in describing the administration's view.

The US has tried to prove to Ankara that it takes its interests in Syria seriously. Not only could Iran move to position its allied Iraqi militia proxies to challenge any Turkish drive southward, it also could pressure the Iraqi government to not join the Turks in such an endeavor.

On Feb. 7, U.S. Lt. Gen. Paul Funk and Maj.

Erdogan said it was part of a "chain of plots" against Turkey.

Turkey is also angry Washington has failed to extradite Pennsylvania-based Muslim preacher Fethullah Gulen, who it accuses of ordering the 2016 attempted overthrow of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. In January 2018, Washington repeated this promise, when US National Security Adviser H.R. McMaster told Turkish Presidential Spokesman Ibrahim Kalin that the US would no longer provide weapons to fighters of the Kurdish People's Protection Units (YPG) and the Democratic Union Party (PYD).

PKK is listed as a terrorist organization by both, the USA and Turkey, but the United States distinguishes between the PKK group and Syrian Kurds at large.

The United States denies those connections and sees the YPG as a key ally in the battle against Islamic State militants.

When President Barack Obama started bombing Syria in 2014, he enjoyed bipartisan support in Washington, D.C. Americans were appalled by the atrocities of the Islamic State, which had massacred Yazidis, and seized swaths of territory in Syria and Iraq.

"They [Turkey] have a legitimate security concern, and we do not dismiss one bit of that, along that border with Syria", he said, adding that the United States is "assisting Turkey" and is "going to work closely" with Ankara. "Without continued attention and support from coalition members, we risk the return of extremist groups like ISIS liberated areas of Iraq and Syria and their spread to new locations".

The three-day Iraq Reconstruction Conference will showcase private sector investment opportunities and worldwide support for Iraq.

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