If the Manbij model is successfully implemented, eastern Syria could eventually become a joint US-Turkish zone of influence.
Turkey announced that it had launched Operation Olive Branch on January 20 to clear Syria's Afrin region of the YPG/PKK and Daesh, which Turkey considers a threat to its national security.
Turkish Chief of General Staff Hulusi Akar says Ankara will never allow its interests in the Aegean and Eastern Mediterranean to be compromised.
Turkish military and Turkish-backed Free Syrian Army forces advance in Syria's Afrin as Chief of General Staff General Hulusi Akar visits Sanliurfa, Hatay and Kilis to inspect troops taking part in Operation Olive Branch.
US Defense Secretary Jim Mattis says Washington and Ankara have had high-level communication about the operation and Turkey had informed the US before Operation Olive Branch started.
"Depending on developments, our grounds elements will carry out the necessary activities (on Sunday)," Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yildirim says.
The army said it hit in "legitimate self defence" camps and refuges used by the YPG in response to fire coming from the Afrin region controlled by the militia group, which Turkey deems to be a terror organisation.
Critical of a US decision to create a 30,000 strong army led by the YPG, Turkey's president and a senior military leader have made it clear that terror groups cannot operate along its border and that NATO must take a stand.
Turkey is temporarily taking over the island for reconstruction. Suakin is at the crossroads between Aden Gulf and the Red Sea, and Saudi Arabia and East Africa. The move is another step for Turkey's engagement policy in Africa.
About 200 Turkish officers will be deployed to the facility in Mogadishu, Somalia's capital, to train over 10,000 Somali National Army troops and other soldiers from across Africa.
August 30 Victory Day marks the Turkish victory against the Greek forces at the final battle of the War of Independence in 1922.
Thousands gathered to commemorate the historic victory of the Seljuk Empire over the Byzantines, opening the way for the Turkish conquest of Anatolia. Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and Prime Minister Binali Yildirim attended the event.
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