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31 January 2018, 05:03 | Bernice Figueroa
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He said the Pentagon would not support any Kurdish efforts to reallocate resources to battle Turkey in the northwest.
Turkey, which is waging a military offensive against Kurdish YPG fighters in Syria's northwestern region of Afrin, has repeatedly said it will also drive the YPG militia from the mainly Arab town of Manbij, east of Afrin.
The force, which has close ties to Turkey's own Kurdish rebellion, emerged as a major player in the war against the Islamic State group and a partner of choice for the US-led coalition.
Turkey considers the Syrian Kurdish People's Protection Units, or YPG, which it is fighting in Syria an extension of the outlawed Kurdish rebels inside Turkey.
Turkish authorities on Tuesday detained eight senior members of a medical association who have spoken out against Ankara's military offensive in Afrin, the country's state-run media reported.
What they have asked for during a Russian-sponsored meeting is the deployment of federal Syrian forces along the border with Turkey. "This is real filth, this is the honorless stance that should be said "no" to", Erdogan said.
So far, dozens of people have been injured and killed in the area since the operation started.
"Surrendering Afrin to the Syrian regime, that's impossible", he said, adding however that the regime has yet to give a formal reply.
Newspapers in Greece, which has joined the U.S. in backing a Kurdish-led border force in Syria, criticised Bartholomew I's open letter, while the country's Orthodox church portal published a mock-up picture of the patriarch grinning next to a heavily armed Turkish soldier.
Syrian government official Ghassan al-Qalaa told the gathering: "I call you upon in the name of millions of Syrian to have mercy upon our country". They should understand that they are fighting for their territory along with our soldiers. More than 300 people have been detained for social media posts criticising the campaign since it began 10 days ago.
"Maybe they want Kurdish forces further weakened", the analyst Civiroglu said.
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