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Turkey: Two killed, 6 injured in rocket attack from Syria on mosque

Turkey: Two killed, 6 injured in rocket attack from Syria on mosque

Erdogan on Wednesday vowed to expand the operation in northern Syria toward the town of Manbij, which would bring Turkish troops and their Syrian allies closer to USA forces supporting the Kurds against ISIS.

In a phone call with his Turkish counterpart on Wednesday, President Donald Trump warned Ankara against any move that could lead to a confrontation between us and Turkish forces, the AP said. He said Turkey should "limit its military actions" and "exercise caution", according to his administration.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan on Wednesday threatened to extend his country's military operation against Kurdish forces in Syria.

Officials in Moscow have expressed their concerns about the Turkish military operation in Afrin, but blame the US for creating what Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov calls "alternative bodies of power" in Syria.

Earlier in the day, Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu announced that the operations in Afrin may branch out into the town of Manbij and even areas east of the Euphrates River.

The official said Erdogan replied that United States policies, such as support for the People's Protection Units (YPG) and the "harbouring" of Fethullah Glen, an exiled cleric accused of masterminding the 2016 attempted coup, had "caused outrage among the Turkish people".

Islamic State militants meanwhile launched a wave of attacks against government forces in eastern and northern Syria. Whereas Turkey and Damascus as well as the opposition forces all support the territorial integrity of Syria within its current borders.

Erdogan last week accused the Trump administration of breaking a reported promise to cease support of Kurdish fighters upon the defeat of ISIS, after the us -led coalition announced it would continue working with the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces on stabilization missions.

About 2,000 USA troops are stationed in Syria, but none are in Afrin.

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Mr Erdogan told Mr Macron on Tuesday that Turkey was taking all measures to prevent civilian casualties in the Afrin operation, sources at the presidential palace said.

On the other hand, Turkey sees the Syrian Kurds as terrorists that must be stopped with immediate effect.

Speaking prior to the two leaders' conversation Tuesday, former U.S. ambassador to Turkey, Eric Edelman, said the currents running through Turkish domestic politics are tightly intertwined with perceptions of the US.

USA -backed Syrian fighters in the Manbij area have deployed to frontlines to confront any Turkish assault and are in contact with the US -led coalition over defending the town, their spokesman Sharfan Darwish said on Wednesday.

According to a diplomatic source on Wednesday, Cavusoglu said his US counterpart had proposed a 30-kilometer safe zone in Syria's northwestern Afrin region.

Erdogan "has ignored USA presidents before when his domestic politics dictated it", Cook said.

What's next: Given restrictions on free speech within Turkey, the media is expected to produce a unanimously positive image of the operation.

The U.K. -based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights claims that at least 42 Kurdish fighters have been killed since Saturday.

Back to the al-Watan newspaper, its reports said that the nearly week-long offensive has failed to establish real achievements in terms of the Turkish goal to defeat the Kurdish fighters and Afrin and prepare the area to be a safe zone for Syrian refugees.