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 – hurriyetdailynews.com

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

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 – alaraby.co.uk

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 – hurriyetdailynews.com

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” – yenisafak.com

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 – freebeacon.com

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

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

Turkey ready to set up tent cities for Afrin Syrians – yenisafak.com

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 – almasdarnews.com

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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