Turkish army liquidates more than 1300 terrorists during operation in Syria's Afrin

Turkish army liquidates more than 1300 terrorists during operation in Syria's Afrin

Turkish army liquidates more than 1300 terrorists during operation in Syria's Afrin

The U.S. partner force on the ground, the YPG, is the Syrian extension of the PKK, a group the U.S. designates as a terrorist group.

The two discussed the long-term strategic partnership between the United States and Turkey, the White House said in a statement.

U.S. -Turkish tensions spiked after Turkey last month embarked on an offensive called "Olive Branch" against Kurdish forces in Afrin, a region in northern Syria.

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Diplomatic sources told Asharq Al-Awsat that the U.S. proposal to establish a 30 km deep security zone into Syrian territory on Turkey's border would be discussed, pointing out that Turkey first wants to ensure getting a clear position out of the USA on the issue of stopping support to Kurdish units. "The reason for that missing trust is the US", he said.

The two men evaluated regional developments, factors that have damaged relations between the allies and developing ways of combating terrorism, a Turkish presidential source said, but provided no further details.

The U.S. has backed a force that includes a Syrian-Kurdish militia as its main ally in the war against Islamic State. Speaking in Ankara on Monday_the third day of the operation- Erdogan said Turkey's "fundamental goal" is ensuring national security, preserving Syria's territorial integrity and protecting the Syrian people.

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Harlem Dessir, the Organisation for Security and Co-operation ( OSCE ) Representative on Freedom of the Media, denounced the detention of hundreds of people in Turkey over their public criticism of the operation.

The military also said the "utmost care" is being used to avoid harming civilians.

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