00:49 GMT06 July 2020
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    Earlier in the day, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said that ensuring the Turkish military didn't massacre Kurds would be a key priority as US forces were leaving Syria.

    "Pompeo equating the YPG terror organisation with Kurds, even if it is not intentional, shows a worrying lack of knowledge," Turkish foreign ministry spokesman Hami Aksoy said in a statement. 

    Earlier in the day, Middle East Eye reported citing unnamed sources that President Donald Trump had sought assurances from Erdogan that a Turkish move against Kurdish forces in Syria would not create a humanitarian crisis.

    Trump has faced tremendous pressure to protect US-backed Kurdish forces belonging to the People's Protection Units (YPG) in Syria, the most effective American-backed force in liberating the city of Raqqa and other areas seized by Daesh*.

    Erdogan has warned of a fresh Turkish offensive against the YPG, which he considers a terrorist group.

    *Daesh [IS, ISIL, Islamic State] — a terrorist organization banned in Russia


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