Focus: Update on the Turkey’s Syria Offensive

Erdogan says he’s ready to risk confrontation with US over Turkey’s military incursion into northern Syria – VOA

Referring to the U.S. support provided for the Kurdish YPG, Erdoğan says arms still flowing to Syria under pretense of fighting ISIS –

Turkish operations in Syria to reach up to Manbij and Iraqi border: Erdoğan –

VIDEO: Erdoğan says that the Armed Forces will not show mercy to those who harm Turkey’s future, whether is the PKK, PYD or YPG –

VIDEO: President Erdogan visits troops on Syrian border – YouTube

U.S. National Security Adviser H.R. McMaster stated U.S. to end weapons support for Syrian Kurdish YPG, Turkey presidency says – Reuters

Statement on the phone call between Presidential Spokesperson Ambassador İbrahim Kalın and US National Security Advisor General H.R. McMaster – Presidency Of The Republic Of Turkey


PM: Turkey not to allow terror no matter who is behind it –

Turkey FM says US needs to withdraw from Syria’s Manbij region immediately, wants to see concrete steps by the Americans to end its support for the Syrian Kurdish YPG militia – VOA

FM Çavuşoğlu discusses Afrin operation with Russian counterpart – Daily Sabah

FSA General Staff deputy chief says 10,000-strong force ready for Manbij, “If it [US} does not [withdraw], we will battle U.S. forces deployed in that region as well” –

This probably ought to be a scandal: Syrian rebel whose faction (51st Brigade) received overt train-and-equip assistance from the Pentagon threatens to fight U.S. forces in Manbij alongside Turkish military, promulgates anti-American propaganda – Sam Heller on Twitter

US officials tell CNN that US troops continue overt patrols near Manbij, Syria. Officials say Turkish-backed rebels in the area regularly fire on these patrols & US forces occasionally return fire. One official said US troops in the Manbij area came under fire “in the last week” – Ryan Browne on Twitter

US coalition spokesman Ryan Dillon: We will continue to stay in Manbij ‘until told otherwise’ – Rudaw

U.S. Coalition Forces ‘well prepared’ to defend against Turkish offensive in Syria: spokesman Col. Ryan Dillon –

The latest on the Turkey offensive into Syrian Kurdish enclave – ABC News

Turkish army makes new gains north of Afrin city (MAP) –

Turkey ready to set up tent cities for Afrin Syrians –

Syrian Democratic Forces express readiness to defend against the Turkish military operation, say they have downed Turkish chopper and two UAVs in Afrin – Sputnik International

Kurdish forces retake strategic mountaintop in northeast Afrin –

Foreign fighters back Kurdish militia in Syria in fight against Turkey – The New York Times

A Kurdish family in Syria, feeling betrayed by the U.S., describes how an 80-year-old woman and a teenage boy had been killed, and a 10-year-old girl had lost a leg by a Turkish bombing – The New Yorker

A sustainable U.S. policy for North Syria, the Kurds, Turkey and the Syrian Government: The U.S. can help the Kurds make an advantageous deal with Damascus that protects their autonomy but rejects complete secession – Syria Comment 

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