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Turkish soldiers are transported in armoured personnel carriers through the town of Tukhar north of Syria's northern city of Manbij on Oct 14 2019 as Turkey and it's allies continues their assault on Kurdish-held border towns in northeastern Donald Trump says Kurds 'didn't help us with Normandy' – video
Irene Mckinney | 17 October, 2019, 00:31

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said he would not meet with US Vice President Mike Pence during his visit to Ankara to discuss Turkey's military operation in Syria.

The U.S. retreat from Syria has led to a rapid realignment of alliances in the country.

Syrian forces moved to the north over the weekend following a deal with the Kurds in an attempt to hold back the Turkish opposition.

Russian military police are patrolling the line of contact between Syrian and Turkish government troops.

US Vice President Mike Pence said Mr Trump had spoken with both President Erdogan and General Mazloum Kobani Abdi, the Kurdish leader of the Syrian Democratic Forces.

Turkey pressed ahead with its offensive against the Syrian Kurdish YPG militia in northern Syria on Tuesday despite USA sanctions and calls for it to stop, while Syria's Russia-backed army moved on the key city of Manbij that was abandoned by U.S. forces.

Heavy fighting continues as Turkey presses on with its military operation, now in its eighth day, against Kurdish fighters in northeast Syria.

But Erdogan told journalists that he had rejected U.S. offers to mediate.

Dismissing outrage among even some of his staunchest supporters, Trump said the U.S. has no stake in protecting the Kurds, and he brushed off suggestions that the USA military exit has created a new opening for Russian Federation in Syria.

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Activists sang "Solid as a rock, rooted as a tree" gathered at dawn at the iconic Victory Column near Berlin's Tiergarten park. The stock exchange protest featured a mock funeral with people strewn on the ground, covered in blood.

The Kremlin said it would host Erdogan for a meeting with his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin in the coming days, to ensure the operation does not turn into an all-out war between Turkey and Syria.

'They say "declare a ceasefire". "If this is done, our Operation Peace Spring will end by itself".

"With the Kurds playing a significant role in stabilising Syria, there is a strong sense of injustice and global abandonment among the Kurdish Community in Wales who still have family and friends in Syria".

"The US can not stick to unilateralism", Cavusoglu said.

The Kurdish administration in northern Syria has announced a deal with the Damascus government on Syrian troop deployment near the border to fend of the Turkish offensive.

The Turkish offensive and US move to withdraw troops prompted Syrian Kurdish leaders to strike a surprise deal with the government of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad earlier this week, paving the way for pro-government forces and allied Russian troops to fill a security vacuum in the north.

"Turkey will not sit at the negotiating table with terrorists as some countries want to do this", the president said.

Russia-backed Syrian troops have swiftly moved across the breadth of the Kurdish-held area including Manbij city, a target of Turkey which USA forces said on Tuesday they had quit.

Syrian forces have since taken control of an area of more than 1,000 square kilometers around Manbij, the Russian Defense Ministry was quoted as saying. He wouldn't comment on how long Moscow believes the Turkish offensive should last. The Committee to Protect Journalists says a Turkish airstrike on a civilian convoy killed one journalist and wounded at least four others in northern Syria Sunday.

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