Published: Tue, March 06, 2018
Worldwide | By Gretchen Simon

Turkey, Russia and Iran to hold summit on Syria in April - Ankara

Turkey, Russia and Iran to hold summit on Syria in April - Ankara

At a news conference on Tuesday, the SDF announced it would pull fighters out of areas of eastern Syria, where they have been fighting pockets of IS jihadists, in order to shore up defences in Afrin. They were moving from frontlines further east, where the Kurdish-led SDF seized vast territory from Islamic State militants previous year with the help of US jets and special forces. "The numbers in Afrin are not a problem", he said. US officials have been warning that Turkey's offensive against USA -backed forces in Syria would affect the fight against Islamic State group.

Operation Olive Branch was launched by Turkey on January 20 to remove PKK/PYD/YPG/KCK and Daesh terrorists from Syria's Afrin region.

Turkey, Russia, and Iran will hold a summit next month to discuss the situation in Syria and potential measures in the region, a spokesman for the Turkish Foreign ministry said on March 6. "Protecting them is more important than the global coalition's decisions".

"We fought Daesh. We helped the coalition in Raqqa, but without the coalition defending its partners", Idlibi said.

Fighter Al-Ashqar Nuseen feared losing Afrin could be a huge blow to his long-awaited dreams of a federal Syrian Kurdish region.

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As a result, the US-led coalition declared an "operational pause" to its anti-IS fight in east Syria on Monday.

More than 170 civilians have died in the assault, says the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, a Britain-based monitor.

The military also said only terror targets are being destroyed and that "utmost care" is being taken to avoid harming civilians.

Without help from any outside power, Syria's Kurds have found themselves in the awkward position of having to ask for support from the Damascus regime.

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