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    The head of the Turkish state explained that US soldiers' attitude toward Syrian opposition triggered the rift.

    ANKARA (Sputnik) – The Turkish armed forces have led 30 US special forces members out of a potential conflict zone with the Free Syrian Army (FSA) rebel group in northern Syria, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Monday.

    "The FSA does not want the US special forces’ assistance because of the US’ behavior in relation to the Syrian opposition. Our troops led out 30 US special forces soldiers [from the armed conflict zone with the FSA]," Erdogan told reporters before departing for the UN General Assembly.

    Online footage circulated over the weekend appeared to depict FSA fighters threatening US special forces ostensibly accompanying them to the town of al-Rai ahead of an offensive on al-Bab to clear of the Daesh jihadist group.

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