Ties with USA at risk of breaking down: Turkey

Plume of Smoke Towers Over Syrian Border Town During Strikes and Clashes

Plume of Smoke Towers Over Syrian Border Town During Strikes and Clashes

Declaring bilateral ties at a "critical point", Cavusoglu said: "We will either fix the ties or they will break down completely".

Turkish troops launched an air and ground offensive against YPG-held Afrin in northwestern Syria on January 20, as Ankara treats the Kurdish militants as terrorists associated with the outlawed Kurdistan Workers' Party.

Mr. Cavusoglu demanded concrete steps from the US, rather than promises. The missing trust needs to be restored. His trip expected to be dominated by the Syrian file and US-Turkish disagreements over Washington's military support of the Kurdish units battling Turkey in northern Syria.

Turkey has legitimate security concerns along border with Syria and we do not dismiss that, says USA defence secretary.

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More specifically, speaking at the Justice and Development (AK) Party Youth Congress in the central Aksaray province, Bozdag said: "During Operation Euphrates Shield, we scrutinized for civilians so that they did not get harmed".

The U.S. has long supported the PYD/PKK as a "reliable ally" in its fight against ISIL, over the strong objections of Ankara, which has documented that it is the Syrian branch of the terrorist PKK.

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.

According to the Turkish General Staff, the operation aims to establish security and stability along Turkey's borders and the region as well as protect Syrians from terrorist oppression and cruelty.

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