Turkey warns citizens travelling to United States of arbitrary arrest

Pauline Gross
January 14, 2018

The U.S. officials were briefed about the terrorist group's demands for the set-up of a federal system in Syria, the sources said, speaking on condition of anonymity due to restrictions over talking to the media.

According to information gathered by Anadolu Agency in Idlib, Turkish artillery units hit PKK/PYD forces from the Reyhanli and Kirikhan dictricts of Turkey's southern province Hatay and a Turkish Armed Forces observation point in Idlib.

Ankara fears these territories could be used as a base for fighters in the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) to attack troops in Turkey.

The minister added that the European Union should not consider Turkey as a refugee camp or as military headquarters, the cooperation with which is possible only on the migration issue or on the fight against terrorism.

In 2016, Turkey launched its Euphrates Shield military offensive in northern Syria to push back the Islamic State (IS) group from the border and drive a wedge between the Kurdish controlled regions.

The Afrin operation follows Turkey's successful seven-month Operation Euphrates Shield, which ended last March. "With the idlib operation, we are collapsing the western wing", Erdoğan said, referring to Afrin.

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Erdogan said that conflict was far from settled.

He also said Turkey could drive YPG forces out of Manbij.

Turkey's foreign ministry said Turkish citizens travelling to the United States face the risk of arbitrary arrest, saying they should revise travel plans and take precautions if they do decide to travel.

Turkey has been wary of the advance of the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces in northern Syria against IS.

It has criticised the United States for arming YPG and Arab fighters in the Syrian Democratic Forces, which drove IS out of Raqqa and other parts of Syria.

Earlier this month, a USA jury found a Turkish banker guilty of helping Iran evade US sanctions in a case which has strained diplomatic relations between the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation allies and which Turkey has dismissed as politically motivated. "We know this. This is not what allies do", Erdoğan said.

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