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Biden Calls on Turkey to Stop Shelling Syria, Show 'Reciprocal Restraint'

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US Vice President Joe Biden in a conversation with Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu called for cessation of Turkish artillery strikes in northern Syria, the White House said Sunday.

WASHINGTON (Sputnik) – On Saturday, Turkish forces began shelling the positions of Kurdish People's Protection Units (YPG) in Syria's Aleppo region.

Turkish forces bombed a village and an airbase that were recently captured by Kurds, Al Mayadeen TV reported Saturday. Prior to being captured by the YPG, the village and the airbase belonged to al-Nusra Front terrorist organization.

On Saturday, Davutoglu said Turkish forces shelled Kurdish People’s Protection Units (YPG) positions in northern Syria as a retaliatory measure. Syria's Foreign Ministry branded the shelling as a "direct support of terrorists" on Sunday.

"The Vice President… urged Turkey to show reciprocal restraint by ceasing artillery strikes in the area," the White House said in a statement.

Biden noted the US efforts to "discourage Syrian Kurdish forces from exploiting current circumstances to seize additional territory" near the Syria-Turkish border, the statement read.

Biden and Davutoglu vowed to work together and emphasized the need to protect vulnerable civilians in the region and keep routes of humanitarian assistance to the Aleppo province open.

Ankara claims that Syrian Kurds have links to the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK), a militant group fighting for Kurdish independence from Turkey.

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  • marcanhalt
    You remember Joe, don't you, Ahmet? You recall that you got him out of bed because you...well, you needed to talk to someone important. And since Obama, according to Donald, was out on the golf course for the 251st time during his Presidency, why not have a little therapy session. And you remember what Joe said, don't you? "Don't make me come over there!", and you did. So there was some hand-holding going on for the outside viewers of that little tete-a-tete, but you were strongly advised to back off. And did you do what you were advised to do? Not in the least, and here you go again, acting like an idiot, Ahmet. Don't make him come over there one more time, or he just might kick your ass all over main street Damascus!
  • I guess you should call him Devil_toglu instead of Ahmet.. as there's nothing to be proud about Devils..
  • wendigo
    What a couple of turds.
  • Elsa JV
    I am confused, the YPG is on Syrian territory, so how does that make it Turkish business?? Whatever the Kurds do or do not do, is between Damascus and the Kurds and has nothing to do with anyone else. Can someone please put this Turkish smiling paw-paw to sleep -- permanently.

    Can any of you remember what happen shortly after Biden spoke to Yanokovich during the initial Maidan protests? Yanokovich had to flee to Russia for safety, trust the same will happen with Turkish leaders, although there will be no safe haven waiting for them in Russia. The Russian pilot's blood call for retribution.
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