Turkish forces in Syria fired on protesters

Turkish forces in Syria fired on protesters

Turkey said on Monday (11 November) it had deported two captives from Islamic State, a German and an American, starting a programme to repatriate detainees that has caused friction with its North Atlantic Treaty Organisation allies since it launched an offensive in northern Syria.

US President Donald Trump will welcome his Turkish counterpart Tayyip Erdogan at the White House on Wednesday as part of a move aimed at improving relations between the two countries.

The president and First Lady Emine Erdogan were greeted by a group of Turkish citizens in front of the Willard Hotel, where he will be staying.

The leaders' scheduled afternoon news conference, following a meeting with Republican lawmakers at the White House, would give Trump a stage to counter the first public hearings in the House impeachment inquiry.

Levin said Turkey has an understandable concern over the refusal of European states to take responsibility for "their" Daesh fighters.

Among other tensions between Ankara and Washington are Turkey's purchase of a Russian advanced air defence system as well as Turkish demands for the repatriation of Fethullah Gulen, a US-based Islamic cleric whom Ankara blames for a 2016 coup attempt by a faction in the military.

However, the Turkish leader is accusing the US of not following through on that deal.

Turkey's president says Syrian Kurdish fighters have failed to vacate areas along the Turkish border despite agreements with Russian Federation and the United States, and says he will raise the issue with U.S. President Donald Trump. The Turks have told the USA that the Syrians have set up a commission, the official said, but it's unclear what, if any, action the panel will take. He called Erdogan a "very good friend".

One suspected ISIS fighter who is also a USA citizen is reportedly stuck in a militarized buffer zone between the Turkish and Greek border after Turkey deported him and Greece refused him entry.

Less than a week before the operation started, Trump announced a USA withdrawal from Syria, except a small contingent for maintaining security in the area, with the move enraging Kurdish militias, whom the United States had previously been allied with.

Kurdish forces, who have been guarding 5,000 "extremely dangerous" imprisoned jihadists in jails across Syria, say they can not keep the militants guarded on an ongoing basis.

Amnesty International recently released a report documenting killings, human rights violations and possible war crimes caused by Turkey-backed forces in northern Syria.

She said Trump must send a message to Erdogan that these actions and unlawful behavior must stop and that those responsible be held accountable.

Interior Minister Suleyman Soylu warned last week Ankara would begin to send back Islamic State militants to their home countries even if their citizenships have been revoked. The UN cited video footage showing fighters with the Ahrar al-Sharqiya armed group filming themselves capturing and executing three Kurdish captives on a highway in northern Syria.

"Since these countries have not been willing to do much to help either Turkey or, more acutely, the YPG, there is a legitimate need to press the issue".

Levin added that it is also especially problematic that the threat to send Daesh fighters to Europe comes as a response to European Union sanctions against Turkey on an entirely separate issue.

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