Turkey rejects mediation offer by France

Turkey's Borsa Istanbul up 1 percent at open

Turkey's Borsa Istanbul up 1 percent at open

In an email Thursday to VOA, Col. Thomas F. Veale, a US military spokesperson and public affairs director for the coalition, said the recent deployment is a protection measure to ensure the safety of coalition troops in the area.

Asked whether US forces had been informed of a decision to withdraw or were preparing to do so, a spokesman for the coalition said he would not comment on future operations.

Turkey has warned France over bolstering its military presence in Syria, stressing that such a move would amount to an invasion.

Turkey has already demanded the immediate withdrawal of Kurdish self-defense forces from Syria's Manbij.

Ankara views the YPG as a "terrorist" offshoot of the outlawed Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK), which has waged an over three-decade insurgency in Turkey.

A written statement was released after the meeting.

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A Pentagon plan to forge a "border security force" in northern Syria triggered the Turkish military operation targeting the Kurdish enclave of Afrin in January.

FILE - A Turkish soldier waves from atop a military vehicle at Bursayah Hill, in the greater Afrin district, Syria, during a Turkish government-organized media tour in northern Syria, March 3, 2018.

The president's office later released a statement of support for the Kurd-dominated Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), which played a key role in the US-led coalition's effort to crack down on jihadist group Islamic State in northern Syria. The U.S. government is now sending very carefully calibrated signals to Turkey that U.S. forces in Manbij are not looking for a fight, but they are not leaving, either. "Our coordination is very strong". It remains unknown how many French soldiers will go to Syria, but it was said that France would be conducting the operation in coordination with the United States military. The Kurdish town of Manbij, where U.S. troops backing the SDF are stationed, was repeatedly named in Ankara as a possible target for a Turkish offensive.

The U.S. troops in Manbij came under direct attack by Turkish-backed rebels in August 2017.

SDF spokesman Kino Gabriel said the force had not been informed of any USA withdrawal plan.

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