Middle East

No Turkish ceasefire with Syrian Kurdish fighters: Turkish military sources

A Turkish tank stationed near the Syrian border, in Karkamis, Turkey, Monday, Aug. 29, 2016. (Ismail Coskun/IHA via AP)

ANKARA/ISTANBUL: The Turkish military has not agreed any ceasefire with Kurdish militia fighters in northern Syria, Turkish military sources said on Tuesday, after a Kurdish official said a truce was holding.

Separately, the Turkish foreign ministry said in a statement that Turkey's military operation in Syria would continue until all militant threats to Turkish security were removed.

It said comments from the United States, which is seeking a de-escalation between Turkish-backed forces and Kurdish fighters, about the target of the Turkish action were unacceptable and Ankara expected a U.S. pledge that Kurdish fighters would remain east of the Euphrates to be fulfilled.

 

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