Assad forces shell Turkish positions in Syria

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-Turkish force will replace a Kurdish militia deployed in the Syrian town of Manbij.

"Although the Coalition does not speak for the United States, we acknowledge the USA government's stance, echoed by our Coalition and North Atlantic Treaty Organisation partners, that the use of chemical weapons use is unacceptable", he added. It said Washington and Ankara are committed to working out outstanding issues and that detailed discussions are still underway and still require approval.

The bloc's top migration official Dimitris Avramopoulos will announce on Wednesday that the European Commission proposes the extra funding on projects benefiting Syrian refugees in Turkey. Their territorial grip expanded as they seized vast territory fighting Islamic State militants with USA help. Darwish says local forces are now in charge in Manbij and work closely with the US -led coalition, including in joint patrols.

Lavrov's claims came after he and the Russian military warned Tuesday that any such strike by the USA coalition would lead to Russian retaliatory steps in Syria and "very serious" consequences.

Gerasimov says Russian Federation thinks the that case might strike Damascus' government quarter in retaliation.

In response to Haley's warning at the United Nations, the Russian Foreign Ministry also pledged a forceful response to any USA attack that threatened Russian troops who were stationed throughout Syrian military frontlines near Damascus.

The Turkish army and its Syrian allies, who had been looking to complete the encirclement in a two-pronged movement from the east and the west, had Afrin city surrounded on Monday, the army said on Tuesday.

They include more than 300 militants from the extremist Ajnad al-Sham group and their families.

Veale said the coalition would to continue backing the remaining, mostly Arab fighters of the Syrian Democratic Forces still battling ISIS in eastern Syria. The US says it has no connection to YPG in Afrin, despite using its troops as its main ground force in the war against Islamic State in Syria. Afrin, located in Syrian territory, has been the target of an Ankara-led offensive for seven weeks.

Meanwhile, Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu is in Moscow holding talks with Russian officials.

In a disagreement that has become characteristic of US and Russian involvement in Syria, Washington claimed that it had used a previously established de-confliction line to warn Russia of the attack.

Turkey considers the Syrian Kurdish militia group to be "terrorists" while the USA has relied on the group in the fight against the Islamic State group.

The area has been under government siege since 2013, leaving hospitals too strapped to treat people properly.

Erdogan also said civilians in Afrin town were being escorted in cars through an evacuation corridor, as Turkish forces made substantial advances against Kurdish fighters in their almost two-month-old offensive. It said the military had taken control of "critical areas" of the town but did not provide details.

While Turkey has expressed confidence that they will gain control over Afrin, the Erdogan government has long insisted that it's only the start. Damascus has dubbed the Turkish campaign as "aggression", however, refrained from sending armed forces to the area.

Lavrov's remarks follow a statement by the chief of the Gen.

More than 1,180 civilians have been killed since the Ghouta assault was launched.