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Erdogan criticized the USA for its support of the People's Protection Units (YPG) Kurdish force in Syria, an organization it considers a terrorist organization. While it did not specify how much of this, if any, was earmarked for YPG-led forces, Turkish media interpreted that as meaning that the Pentagon had allocated $550 million to the YPG in 2019.

The spark for the sharp downturn in relations is Turkey's 3-week-old military campaign against the US -allied forces in the northern Syrian Kurdish enclave of Afrin, with Mr. Erdogan and his aides saying the Turkish army's offensive will expand despite the presence of USA military special forces in their path.

"We will destroy every terrorist we have seen, starting with the ones standing by their side". They are the target of Turkey's operation "Olive Branch", which aims to create a Turkish-controlled buffer zone between Turkey and Syria.

"We have open and clear expectations which we have repeatedly shared", Cavusoglu said. "If those who come and go as they like through Turkey think they're going to go stirring things up in places without paying for it, they'll soon see that's not the case".

The proposal was to be presented to the municipal parliament yesterday and is thought to have been swiftly approved just days before US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson is due to visit the country on Thursday. President Erdogan has repeatedly said that his military would proceed farther east to the Manbij city which is controlled by both the United States troops and the Kurdish fighters. "As we've said for some time, it's really up to the North Koreans to decide when they're ready to engage with us in a honest way, a meaningful way". The operation is still underway.

Cavusoglu said the two would discuss rebuilding the "broken trust". The U.S., despite Turkey's warnings, continues to support the Kurdish militias in several other towns in the border region.

The US believes that the Turkish move into northern Syria undermines the larger fight against the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL, also known as ISIS). "We will defend ourselves", Funk added. The Feb. 7 clash marked the first time Russian combatants in Syria died in a US strike — the long-feared clash Moscow and Washington long has sought to avoid. From now on, nobody has right to use the Deash [as an excuse].

Then, on January 20 of this year, Turkey launched an invasion of Afrin, an isolated area in the far northwest of Rojava, the Kurdish name for their region in Syria. "But we are now at end of the Deash theater in Syria", he said. "We're very proud of our positions here, and we want to make sure everybody knows it", said Jarrard.

Turkey 's operation against the YPG, which Ankara blacklists as a terror group, has seen Turkish troops fighting a militia which is closely allied with the U.S. in the battle against Islamic State (IS) jihadists.

Ankara has also threatened to expand its offensive to the YPG-held town of Manbij, east of Afrin, where the USA has a military presence, setting the scene for a potential showdown between the two North Atlantic Treaty Organisation allies that back different sides in Syria's complex and multi-layered civil war.

Khaled said she saw in Turkey "the same picture we see in Palestine", as she saw the Congress surrounded by policemen.

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