Syrian Kurdish YPG denies deal for army to enter Afrin

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"We are seeing attempts to exploit the Kurds' aspirations".

Referring to PYD/PKK group, Zarif said the use of such groups by the US would result in the rise of tension in the region. He accused the us of trying to capture Syrian territory by making use of proxies. Assad does, of course, oppose the creation of an independent Kurdistan carved, in part, out of his country.

Turkey's offensive against a Kurdish militia in northern Syria will enter a second month Tuesday having made little progress while straining relations with Washington and The European Union.

The operation revolves around terrorists and according to recent reports, the success of the operations can be attributed to the fact that there is a constant zeal to wipe them out or any other related criminal activity from Syria and Turkey both.

"Turkey is not a part of a war in Syria, but it is in a justified war against terrorism", he said. Footage of Turkish military forces collaborating with Islamic extremist militant groups has come across social media on several occasions and not long ago the body of a female YPG fighter was desecrated by Turkish proxies, the Free Syrian Army (FSA).

Details of the deal were not announced by either side, and Kurdish officials said talks were still underway.

The operation, dubbed "Olive Branch", has seen Turkey deploy ground troops and pound the Afrin region with air strikes and artillery fire.

"Whatever they do, whatever tricks they play, Afrin will definitely be cleared of terrorists", he said. A return to the area, where a potent mix of regional and worldwide powers have boots on the ground, could further complicate the situation and lead to unwanted confrontations. Turkey's foreign minister has said his country is ready to battle the Syrian troops if they enter to protect Syrian Kurdish fighters.

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This followed a Kurdish media report saying Syria's government had agreed to help the Kurdish forces fight against the Turkish military. Ankara also opposes the continued presence of the Assad regime in power.

Meanwhile, Turkish security expert Abdullah Agar said the "Olive Branch" operation forces captured around 300 square kilometres (120 square miles) of territory.

Ankara views the YPG as a terrorist offshoot of the Kurdistan Workers´ Party (PKK), an insurgency in Turkey which is listed as a terror organisation by the United States and the European Union.

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights told Reuters that Turkish forces and their Syrian insurgent allies hit the village on Friday with shells.

The PKK group and its Syrian offshoot PYD had captured large parts of northern Syria, after receiving US military aid. It has won a series of major victories against the Islamic State. President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's government views the YPG as an extension of the separatist Kurdish militia PKK, which Ankara classifies as a terrorist organization.

Together, Turkey's tanks and loyal FSA brigades set up... The Turkish officials detailed the call on condition of anonymity in line with government regulations, and did not mention an agreement for government troops to enter Afrin. Apart, that is, from the Syrian people, who continue to be blitzed and butchered.

The Observatory said airstrikes and shelling killed 44 people.

Syrian state TV reported that rebels, in return, fired dozens of mortar rounds and rockets at Damascus, wounding eight people.

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