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Turkey kills at least 260 Kurdish militia in Syria

Turkey kills at least 260 Kurdish militia in Syria

She stressed that "anything less is unacceptable". Mensur Akgün, a Turkish worldwide relations professor, told Al Jazeera that Russian Federation wants Assad to be included in the post-war transition period.

Despite the agreement, chemical attacks have continued.

The Kremlin on Wednesday accused Washington of trying to complicate global efforts to probe the use of chemical weapons in Syria and rejected accusations it was responsible for recent attacks.

Kurdish leaders also invited civilians to take up arms, saying the YPG was "ready to receive all those who wish to defend Afrin and provide them with weapons".

The operation was initially presented as a exclusively Turkish offensive, with the Syrian government condemning the aggression and threatening to shoot down Turkish warplanes.

An enclave in northern Syria controlled by a predominately Sunni Arab security force would appease Turkey since it has championed the country's majority Sunni Arab population in its rebellion against the Shia-backed Assad regime.

Although Pierini and other analysts say Erdogan is known for bluster, the former European Union diplomat adds that "if his words translate into military action, you have a real potential for clashes between the Turkish army and USA forces".

At the United Nations, Moscow is circulating a draft resolution that would establish a new investigative body to probe chemical attacks in Syria.

"Only yesterday more than 20 civilians, majority children, were victims of an apparent chlorine gas attack", Tillerson said.

Tillerson said Russian Federation is ultimately to blame for any use of chemical weapons in Syria and must stop vetoing U.N. Security Council resolutions on holding offenders accountable.

Roettgen claimed Turkey can not say that it is acting in self-defense because "there have not been any attacks on Turkey by Kurdish forces in Syria".

Myanmar urges Bangladesh to extradite 1300 'rebel' Rohingyas
It said they agreed that the process " would be completed preferably within two years from the commencement of repatriation". At least 9,000 Rohingya were killed in Rakhine state from August 25 to September 24, according to Doctors Without Borders.

The U.N. said Tuesday the estimate is based on local sources because there is no displacement registration mechanism and access to Afrin is limited for humanitarian organizations.

The US backs the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) militarily, led by the YPG, and whose target is primarily IS and other Islamist fundamentalist groups involved in the civil war.

Ankara argues the US has no business arming and training a group that its ally Turkey considers a terror organization and an enemy.

The UN says it is deeply concerned by the fighting, and has warned that an estimated 323,000 civilians in Afrin are at risk.

Turkey will return the Syrian refugees, the number of which exceeds three million in Turkey, back to their homeland, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said, the country's media reported January 24.

White House press secretary Sarah Sanders said Tuesday that Trump and Erdogan will speak by phone Wednesday: "We want them to de-escalate".

It was not immediately clear which issues would be addressed but Turkish-American relations have been strained.

On Tuesday, Turkey said it has killed at least 260 Syrian Kurdish fighters in four days in the Afrin region.

Unlike Afrin, where no United States forces are stationed, there are some 2,000 U.S. military personnel deployed in the eastern region of Manbij, which extends for 400km along Turkey's border.

The French government is freezing assets of companies that help furnish material to a Syrian lab accused of producing chemical weapons.

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