Turkey detains 666 over social media criticism of Afrin operation


The US must immediately stop supporting terrorists, instead of sending a delegation to Turkey to negotiate the Olive Branch operation, Bozdag added.

Gen. McMaster, who led the USA delegation during the two-day diplomatic visit to Turkey, "discussed the priorities and concerns of both countries ... their common strategic challenges and regional developments" with İbrahim Kalın, spokesman and special adviser to Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, according to a White House readout of the meeting released Sunday.

The countries are at odds on various issues, with the biggest problem being US support for the Syrian Kurdish People's Protection Units (YPG).

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"We want concrete steps [from U.S.]".

"They also exchanged views on American-Turkish relations as long-standing allies, their common strategic challenges, and regional developments", it said.

Rather, the administration's readout of the meeting said both men "addressed issues affecting bilateral relations in detail and explored ways to expand the joint fight against all forms of terrorism".

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These relations will either be fixed or they will break down completely, Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu said on February 12 in ıstanbul, days before U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson's visit to Ankara. No dates have yet been confirmed for the Tillerson visit.

As for the reason for the armed group's mobilisation to Afrin, he said is because they believe "their fellow Kurds" in Afrin to be under attack, referring to Turkey's Operation Olive Branch in the northwestern Syrian province to clear PYD/PKK elements from there. Washington says Ankara has not provided enough evidence for the extradition.

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