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Syria war: US welcomes pause in Turkish-Kurdish clashes

Syria war: US welcomes pause in Turkish-Kurdish clashes

The US has welcomed a pause in fighting between Turkish and Kurdish forces in northern Syria, urging them to focus on fighting so-called Islamic State (IS).

A US military spokesman described the lull as “a loose agreement” which he hoped would solidify.

Kurdish sources say a ceasefire is in place but a Turkish-backed Syrian rebel commander rejected the term.

Turkish forces have been attacking Kurdish fighters since crossing the border last week.

Turkey is alarmed by the growing power of Kurdish forces, which have proved to be strong allies of the US-led coalition fighting IS.

“In the last several hours, we have received assurance that all parties involved are going to stop shooting at each other and focus on the Isil (IS) threat,” said Col John Thomas of US Central Command.

“It’s a loose agreement for at least the next couple of days and we are hoping that will solidify.”(BBC,2016)


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