Despite recent Russian military escalation against the Syrian National Army (SNA), negotiation remains an essential tool for all parties to draw the future map of control in northern Syria.
CENTCOM aims to limit the imminent Turkish-Syrian operation in Syria, but its actions reflect a bigger problem in US civil-military relations.
Since the 2016 coup attempt, the Turkish army has undergone a rapid transformation, moving beyond tasks limited to UN and NATO peacekeeping and support missions to conducting operations to maintain Turkey's national interests.
At a joint military drill with Azerbaijani troops, Defence Minister Hulusi Akar said Turkey is also ready to help boost the Iraqi military's effectiveness through sharing its knowledge and experience as a NATO member.
The rejection came from Turkey's Defence Minister Hulusi Akar after a French official claimed that the Turkish navy had harassed one of France’s vessel taking part in a NATO mission in the Mediterranean.
The Turkish military is set to test the recently acquired Russian-made S-400 missile defence systems on Monday and Tuesday, local media reported. The S-400s are currently deployed at an airbase outside the capital Ankara.
Turkey says it will undertake a military operation east of the Euphrates River in Syria to clear Syria's northern border of the YPG, the PKK's Syrian branch, and to establish a safe zone.
PKK terrorist Ahmet Boyraz was killed in Turkey's eastern Erzincan province this week.
The military offensive aims to neutralise terrorists and destroy their shelters, including caves, in the mountainous Hakurk region.
Russia’s defence ministry claims that Ankara and Moscow coordinated attacks on Idlib, but Turkish Armed Forces tell TRT World that the claims do not reflect reality.
The Turkish interior ministry says 21 terrorists were killed, four were captured and 11 surrendered to authorities, during anti-terror operations across the country.
Air strikes on PKK terror targets in northern Iraq have been carried out regularly since July 2015, when the PKK resumed its terror campaign against Turkey. On Monday, a new phase in the operation was announced by the Turkish president.
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