Russian Federation signals its new power in Syria; Pence seeking cease-fire from Turkey

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During his Oval Office press spray with Italian President Sergio Mattarella, Trump called the withdrawal of troops from Syria "strategically brilliant", even as America's Kurdish allies have come under attack by the Turkish military's invasion.

Turkey launched its offensive against Syrian Kurdish fighters it considers terrorists after Trump announced he was withdrawing U.S. troops.

United States military aircraft carried out a "show of force" in Syria after Turkish-backed fighters came in close proximity to the country's forces, a U.S. official told Reuters.

He will be accompanied by Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and national-security adviser Robert O'Brien. "So they can take care of ISIS".

While Russia-backed Syrian troops have moved on the city of Manbij after it was abandoned by US forces.

Listed as a terrorist organization by Turkey, the US, and the European Union, the PKK has been responsible for deaths of 40,000 people, including women, children and infants in its more than 30-year terror campaign against Turkey. "They won't be making so much money", Mr. Trump said.

The Russian Special Envoy for Syria added that it could not be predicted when this could happen. We could never declare a ceasefire, ' Erdogan said.

Erdogan, due in Moscow later this month, said he had told President Vladimir Putin that Russian Federation could move forces into Manbij, provided that the Kurdish YPG militia was cleared out.

"Our proposal is for the terrorists to lay down their arms, leave their equipment, destroy the traps they have created and leave the safe zone we as designated, as of tonight", Erdogan said.

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Esper called on the Turks to halt their offensive, but he told reporters that he has no indication they will. Darbasiya, some 60km to the east, was also reported to be largely deserted following the exodus.


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At least 190,000 people have fled their homes in northern Syria, according to the International Organization for Migration (IOM).

Several countries have condemned Turkey's military offensive. This would have allowed them to assist the PKK by giving them strategic depth inside Syrian territory in order for them to continue their bloody campaign of terror that has cost tens of thousands of lives inside Turkey itself. Our goal is clear.

He said he refused a USA proposal to broker a truce with Syrian Kurdish militants.

"We are not looking for a peace mediator, nor do we need one", he said.

Acting last week after a phone call with Erdogan, President Donald Trump swiftly upended five years of USA policy with his unexpected decision to withhold protection from Syria's Kurds.

Earlier Wednesday, Erdogan said that the only option for Kurdish militants in Syria was to give up the battle and retreat.

The Turkish-backed fighters dispersed after the show of force, the official said. But if you are not going to do this, the people there are telling us to save them, ' he added.

He also defended his move to get USA troops out as part of his wider effort to bring Americans home from "endless wars" despite being excoriated by members of his own Republican party.

Asked about the deployment of Syrian forces to the northern town of Manbij, Erdogan, who has backed Syrian rebels fighting to oust Assad, said he was not bothered.

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