Ankara: 1369 militants killed in Olive Branch operation in Afrin

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There was no mention of the ongoing war or words between Ankara, which is engaged in a brutal counterterrorism operation in the northern Syrian enclave of Afrin, and US and coalition commanders who are warning Turkish forces to stay out of American-controlled territory in Manbij and northeastern Syria.

"Ties with the USA are at very critical point".

Erdogan has promised to sweep the militia from Turkey's southern border, a move that could put Turkish troops in confrontation with USA forces on the ground in Syria.

"The reason for that missing trust is the US", Cavusoglu was quoted as saying by the Hurriyet Daily News.

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".

The U.S. has backed a force that includes a Syrian-Kurdish militia as its main ally in the war against Islamic State.

Turkey has threatened to target Manbij, another Syrian town held by the YPG, in its next move, but the United States has refused to withdraw its troops from the town as demanded by Ankara, heightening the risk of a direct confrontation between the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation allies.

F-16 fighters of the Turkish Air Force are involved in the operation, inflicting strikes on the positions of PYD/YPG on the Syrian-Turkish border.

The operation is being carried out under the framework of Turkey's rights based on global law, UN Security Council resolutions, its self-defense rights under the UN charter, and respect for Syria's territorial integrity, it said.

The military also said the "utmost care" is being used to avoid harming civilians.