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Turkey Delays Syria Military Operation to Avoid US Friendly Fire - Minister

© AP Photo / Lefteris PitarakisTurkish Army soldiers prepare their tanks next to empty shells at a staging area in the outskirts of the village of Sugedigi, Turkey, on the border with Syria, Monday, Jan. 22, 2018
Turkish Army soldiers prepare their tanks next to empty shells at a staging area in the outskirts of the village of Sugedigi, Turkey, on the border with Syria, Monday, Jan. 22, 2018 - Sputnik International
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MOSCOW (Sputnik) - Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said Friday that a military advance against Kurdish YPG forces in northeastern Syria would be delayed until the US pullout is over.

"We [chose to] delay our operation to avoid friendly fire after the US announced troop withdrawal from Syria", Cavusoglu said during a visit to Malta, as quoted by the TRT channel.

Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan said he had decided to put off the onslaught after a phone call last Friday with his US counterpart, Donald Trump.

READ MORE: State Dept Denies Trump Gave 'Greenlight' for Turkish Offensive in Syria

US marine sharpshooters with 3/6 Marines Recon Unit fire at insurgents and foreign fighters from a rooftopof a house the town of al-Qaim at the Iraqi-Syrian border (File) - Sputnik International
Troop Withdrawal to Be Blow to US Influence in Syria - Turkish MP
The surprise withdrawal of 2,000 US troops from Syria was announced on Wednesday after Trump said that the objective to defeat the Daesh* terror group had been achieved.

Ties between Washington and Ankara have been strained over US support of Syrian Kurdish fighters who Turkey regards as part of the outlawed separatist Kurdistan Workers’ Party.

* Daesh (ISIL/ISIS/IS/Islamic State) is a terrorist organisation banned in Russia

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