Feb 16 2018

Afrin Day 28: Tillerson, Erdoğan talks conducted in secrecy

All updates about the twenty-ninth day of Turkey’s military operation on Syria’s Afrin are here:


12.58 ISIS “theatre” being prepared in Syria - Turkish Deputy PM

Turkey’s Deputy Prime Minister has said the Islamic State (ISIS) militant group may be resurrected by unnamed forces in order to make Turkey appear guilty of distracting from the anti-ISIS fight, pro-government broadcaster A Haber said.

“The ISIS terrorist organisation is a tool used to achieve political goals and projects in the region, and they are using it at the moment,” Bozdağ said, in response to a question at a press briefing about the United States calling for Turkey to focus on ISIS.


11.45 Turkey proposes joint U.S.-Turkish control of Manbij – official

Turkey has proposed to the United States that Kurdish militants withdraw to the east of the River Euphrates and that both countries host a joint force in the area, pro-government Daily Sabah quoted an unnamed Turkish official as saying.

“The official said the United States was considering the proposal, which was made to U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson during his on-going visit to Ankara,” it said.


10.43 Number of militants killed in Afrin 1,551 - Turkish Armed Forces

The Turkish Armed Forces announced that they had killed 1,551 Kurdish and Islamic State (ISIS) forces so far in the Afrin operation.


08.30 Kurdish militants adopting civilian clothing - RT

A member of the Kurdish militant People's Protection Units (YPG) in Syria told Russia Today's Arabic channel that they were wearing civilian clothing and hiding among the people in order not to be targeted from the air in Turkey's operation in Afrin.

"We are protecting ourselves in civilian clothes among the olives," he said.


08.00 Tillerson, Erdoğan talks conducted in secrecy

The talks late Thursday between U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan were conducted under extreme secrecy, including only Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu, who served as translator.

Erdoğan's office said the discussions touched on regional developments, including in Syria and Iraq, the fight against terrorism and bilateral relations. "Turkey's expectations and priorities on these issues were clearly communicated," according to a brief statement.



(All times Turkish)

All updates about the twenty-seventh day of Turkey’s military operation on Syria’s Afrin are here: