Turkey shuts down a United States aid group that helped Syrians

Turkey shuts down a United States aid group that helped Syrians

Russian President Vladimir Putin is at the center of this thanks to his military campaign, but he must keep allies like Syria and Iran on side even as tries to cooperate with the US and Turkey.

USA -based humanitarian aid organization Mercy Corps says Turkey's government has revoked its registration to operate in the country, forcing it to shut down operations that provided assistance to conflict-stricken Syrians.

The US and Turkey are also discussing plans to recapture ISIL's self-declared capital of Raqqa in Syria.

Though Yildirim conceded that it was inevitable Turkey would have to coordinate with both the USA and Russian Federation on its actions in Syria, much of the point of Turkey's August invasion of Syria was about attacking the YPG, and with Turkish forces seemingly blocked from attacking Manbij, it's likely they'll try to hit Kurdish towns elsewhere instead.

The SDF is composed of 45,000 fighters of the Syrian Kurdish YPG militia and 10,000 Arab tribesmen, most belonging to the north Syrian branch of the Shamar.

Even as they vie for Turkey's support, both the United States and Russian Federation have cooperated with the Syrian Kurdish People's Protection Units, or YPG.

The top brass are expected to discuss security issues in Syria and Iraq, the Russian Ministry of Defense (MoD) said in a statement.

Their discussions in the southern Turkish city of Antalya came as a US-led coalition made progress in its effort to push IS out of Syria.

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The Antalya talks are aimed at ensuring better coordination to avoid "the risk of unwanted clashes" as many countries are involved in Syria, the Turkish premier said.

"This is the main objective of the meeting that will continue today and tomorrow", Yildirim said, according to Turkey's Hurriyet newspaper.

The SDF has controlled Manbij since past year when it pushed out IS, but recently it has clashed with Turkish-backed forces.

Russian Federation launched an operation against militants of the Islamic State group (outlawed in Russia) in September 2015.

Ankara believes it is linked to the outlawed Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK), which seeks greater rights and autonomy for Turkey's Kurdish minority and has waged a bloody campaign against the Turkish state since 1984.

The Pentagon said Monday it had sent extra troops into northern Syria to make sure competing forces in and around Manbij remain focused on fighting IS rather than each other.

In August, Turkey-backed forces launched an operation to drive ISIL away from its border with Syria.

The government-controlled Syrian Central Military Media said troops are now just miles from the station, which supplies the northern city of Aleppo, Syria's largest, with water.

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