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US-Led Coalition Brokering Talks to Ease Tensions Between Turkey, Syrian Kurds

© REUTERS / Khalil AshawiRebel fighters shoot their weapon towards Syria Democratic Forces (SDF) controlled Tell Rifaat town, northern Aleppo province, Syria October 22, 2016
Rebel fighters shoot their weapon towards Syria Democratic Forces (SDF) controlled Tell Rifaat town, northern Aleppo province, Syria October 22, 2016 - Sputnik International
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The US-led coalition fighting Daesh terror group is currently facilitating talks between Turkey and the Kurdish Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) in order to reduce mutual tensions, Operation Inherent Resolve spokesman Col. John Dorrian said at a briefing Thursday.

WASHINGTON (Sputnik) – The SDF is currently carrying out an operation to isolate and liberate the Syrian city of Raqqa from Daesh control.

"This week, we are facilitating joint discussions with Turkey, the SDF and other coalition partners to promote de-escalation in the area," Dorrian told reporters.

The spokesman described the talks as a “fragile step” in an ongoing effort to ensure that all coalition partners remain focused on fighting Daesh. However, he declined to provide further details.

Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) fighters walk with their weapons, north of Raqqa city, Syria November 6, 2016. - Sputnik International
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Turkey considers a component of the SDF, the Kurdish People's Protection Units, an extension of the Kurdistan Workers' Party, or PKK, which Ankara has designated a terrorist organization.

The two sides have clashed over the Kurdish presence in Manbij and other cities near the Turkish-Syrian border.

On December 1, the SDF announced the formation of a brigade, al-Sahba, that will reportedly focus on fighting Daesh as well as the Turkish presence on Kurdish territory.

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