United States welcomes conditional truce in Syria's Idlib region

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"We entered Afrin, Jarabulus, and Al-Bab [in northern Syria], and now we're going to enter east of the Euphrates", Recep Tayyip Erdogan told an inauguration ceremony in Bursa, referring to other successful Turkish counter-terrorist campaigns in Syria since 2016, Operations Euphrates Shield and Olive Branch.

It would be the third Turkish incursion into Syria in as many years.

The move was conditional on the rebels retreating 20km (12.5 miles) deep and away from demilitarized areas, Damascus said.

The assault on the enclave began April 30, displacing more than 400,000 people and killing hundreds.

U.S. officials, according to the Washington Post, are expected to deliver a draft plan that includes a nine mile-deep (14km) and 87 mile-long "safe zone" stretching from the Euphrates River to Iraq, which would be free of YPG elements.

The Syrian Democratic Council issued a statement Monday saying that its military wing - the USA -backed and Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces - is a "force to defend" Syria's ethnic and cultural pluralism. The Syrian conflict has killed more than 370,000 people and driven millions from their homes since it started with the brutal repression of anti-government protests in 2011.

The Turkish defence ministry said the meeting between U.S. and Turkish officials began early Monday morning and it wasn't clear when the discussions would wrap up.

United States officials from the Department of Defense are going to Ankara, Turkey on Monday to dissuade President Recep Tayyip Erdogan from invading Northeast Syria where many ethnic minorities live, including thousands of Christians. Turkey sees the Syrian Kurdish fighters as terrorists aligned with a Kurdish insurgency within Turkey.

Over the past week, Turkey has repeatedly said it requires a 20-mile deep "safe zone" controlled by its forces in coordination with the USA military. The Kurdish militia was the United States' main ally in the fight against ISIS, but Erdogan views the group as a terror organization.

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