Washington on Wednesday warned Turkey against risking a confrontation in northern Syria after Ankara said it would extend its military operations to areas held by us -backed forces, the Associated Press reported.
The White House is lying about a telephone call between President Donald Trump and his Turkish counterpart Recep Tayyip Erdogan, according to Turkish government officials. He said Turkey should "limit its military actions" and "exercise caution", according to his administration.
USA officials have yet to offer clarity on their stance on the Turkish operation on Afrin, other than expressing concern it could lead to volatility and risks complicating the battle against Islamic State, while also supporting Ankara's right to security.
Asked about Turkey's assertions that its troops will move on toward the town of Manbij, further from Afrin, McKenzie said the U.S.is clearly tracking movement by Turkey but downplayed the chances of American forces being threatened there.
Any attack there would raise the prospect of protracted conflict between Turkey and allied Free Syrian Army factions against the US -backed Kurdish fighters.
Earlier, US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson had met with Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu in Paris on Tuesday night in order to discuss the developments in Afrin.
"Washington has been making open as well as behind-the-scenes deliveries of modern weapons into Syria, in order to transfer them to the detachments that are cooperating with it, first of all, the Syrian Democratic Forces that rely on Kurdish militias", Lavrov said.
Now the Kurds, whose unofficial national motto admits they have "no friends but the mountains", fear they will be the forgotten victims as Turkey, Russia and the United States manoeuvre for influence.
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THE FACTS: While the USA has provided training, weapons and logistical support for the YPG and the Syrian Democratic Forces it dominates, that aid is not known to have extended west of the Euphrates to Afrin.
In a statement released on Wednesdayexternal link, the city of Geneva authorities said they were concerned by Turkey's "non-respect of basic Geneva Convention principles" since its aerial bombing operation - now in its fifth day - particularly against the Rubar refugee camp, which is home to 20,000 people.
But Turkey considers the YPG as part of the long Kurdish insurgency for an independent Kurdistan which would include part of Turkey.
USA -backed Syrian fighters in the Manbij area have deployed to frontlines to confront any Turkish assault and are in contact with the US -led coalition over defending the town, their spokesman Sharfan Darwish said on Wednesday.
"We will clean our region from this trouble completely", Erdogan later said. It too suspects America was planning to create a Kurdish-ruled protectorate in the northeastern part of Syria as a US base and counterweight to the Russian presence. The extremists have been driven from almost all the territory they once held in Syria and neighboring Iraq but have proved they can still carry out insurgent-style attacks.
The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, a Britain-based group that monitors the civil war, reported airstrikes in almost 20 villages.
McKenzie says USA military commanders continue to talk with Turkey about the establishment of some type of safe zone along the border.