Turkey to return Syrian refugees to their homeland - Erdogan

She stressed that "anything less is unacceptable".

"Whoever conducted the attacks, Russian Federation ultimately bears responsibility for the victims in East Ghouta and countless other Syrians targeted with chemical weapons, since Russian Federation became involved in Syria".

The draft, obtained by The Associated Press, said UNIMI would determine responsibility for chemical attacks in Syria "on the basis of credible, verified and corroborated evidence, collected in the course of on-site visits".

According to the Turkish General Staff, the operation aims to establish security and stability along Turkish borders and the region as well as to protect the Syrian people from the oppression and cruelty of terrorists. Worldwide aid groups have no presence in Afrin, which is surrounded by Turkey and rival Syrian forces.

This deal will likely involve some kind of a de-escalation agreement between the Syrian regime and Turkish-backed rebels in the Idlib area, which in turn will free up Arab fighters to battle the Kurds.

Nebenzia says he is circulating a resolution proposing the establishment of a new global investigative body to identify those responsible for chemical attacks. Commenting on the Turkish incursion into Syria, US Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said: "Turkey has legitimate security concerns". The Observatory said 38 Kurdish fighters and 43 Turkish-backed Syrian militiamen have been killed.

The U.N. says the displaced fled from areas near the border but are still inside the enclave.

The Observatory said 28 civilians were killed; a number vehemently denied by the Ankara government which insists it is only targeting militants.

The Kurdish-led administration of north-eastern Syria appealed for a mass mobilisation in defence of Afrin. Local estimates say there are 800,000 people living in Afrin.

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Ms Hyon Song Wol, leader of the North's all-female Moranbong Band, was supposed to lead the delegation on the two-day trip. The unified ice hockey team will be made up of the 23 members of South Korea's existing team and 12 North Korean skaters.

Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said Tuesday the two leaders would speak on the phone.

It was not immediately clear which issues would be addressed but Turkish-American relations have been strained.

Turkey's air and ground offensive against Kurds in northwestern Syria has distracted from global efforts to finish off the Islamic State group and has disrupted humanitarian relief work, U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said Tuesday.

The YPG played a major role in pushing ISIS out of the area with USA support and have since helped establish democracy and stability in the region.

In an interview with Reuters, Turkey's government spokesman said he saw a small possibility that Turkish forces could come face-to-face with the US troops in Manbij.

The measures target procurement networks for the Syrian Scientific Studies and Research Center, according to a statement Tuesday from the French foreign and finance ministers. That's what the unraveling USA relationship with "NATO partner" Turkey has come to: military brinkmanship...

World powers involved in the Syrian conflict meanwhile called on the Turkish military to exercise restraint because it risked exacerbating the country's humanitarian crisis. He was named as First Lieutenant Oguz Kaan Usta. "I'm not sure that the U.S. sees it that way", said Kemal Kirişci, head of the Turkey Project at the Brookings Institution, adding that "Turkey is becoming dominated by a Eurasian faction that favors closer ties with Russian Federation".

The Turkish operation in northern Syria follows Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's promise to "strangle" the new Border Security Force (BSF) in Syria, which the US-led coalition announced it would help to set up.

"The operation will positively affect expectations for Turkey's economy in 2018", Ağbal told state-run Anadolu Agency, stressing that it aimed to address "instabilities and geopolitical strains in Syria".

  • Megan Austin