Turkey's Erdogan rejects French offer of talks with SDF

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The sources initially said five soldiers were killed.

But the United States, as well as France, have worked closely with the YPG in the fight against IS in Syria, much to Ankara's anger.

After Macron's meeting Thursday with members of the Syrian Democratic Forces, Kurdish figures claimed that the French leader had promised to send troops to Manbij near Syria's border with Turkey.

France, as well as Turkey's North Atlantic Treaty Organisation ally the United States, sees the SDF as a key force in the fight against Islamic State jihadists in Syria.

The presidency also said Macron was offering to mediate between Turkey and the SDF - a suggestion Erdogan dismissed.

Pessimistic analysts alternatively wonder if the Trump administration is signaling that it will pull out of Manbij, perhaps in exchange for Turkish assurances that they will avoid engaging anyone but the Kurdish militia groups they consider the gravest threat.

The official said France is re-evaluating needs in the fight against IS but hasn't received any requests so far from the USA -led coalition for reinforcements in the area.

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Before the statement, Bozdag warned that those working with terror groups would become Turkey's target and hoped France would not take such an "irrational step".

"If France takes any steps regarding its military presence in northern Syria, this would be an illegitimate step that would go against worldwide law and in fact, it would be an invasion", said Turkish Defense Minister Nurettin Canikli on Saturday.

Ibrahim Kalin, a spokesman for Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, wrote on Twitter: "We reject any efforts to promote "dialogue", "contact" or "mediation" between Turkey and those terrorist organisations".

Those who get into bed with terrorists and even welcome them at their palaces will sooner or later see the mistake they have made.

After the Turkish military and Free Syrian Army liberated the Afrin town center from YPG/PKK and Daesh terrorists, fresh aerial footage showed that the civilians and buildings there remained unharmed.

The Council said it also expected Iraq's government to prevent the PKK operating in Iraq, especially in towns of Sinjar and Qandil.

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