This was stated by the Minister of defence of Turkey Hulusi ACAR.
The United States-led Coalition against the Islamic State (IS) on Thursday confirmed the start of joint Turkish-American patrols near Manbij. "We're fully supportive of the road map and the combined joint patrols, and I am confident they will be very effective".
Although Ankara considers the Kurdish People's Protection Units (YPG) an extension of the terrorist Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK), Turkey's North Atlantic Treaty Organisation ally the United States continues to support the Kurdish fighters in the fight against the Islamic State (ISIS). Ties were strained over Turkish demands for the withdrawal of USA -backed Kurdish militia that drove Islamic State militants out of Manbij in 2016.
Turkish military advances into northern Syria over the past two years have put US forces directly in the path of advancing troops from Turkey, Washington's main Muslim NATO ally.
Earlier this year, Turkish military forces supported Syrian opposition fighters in seizing the Afrin region, west of the Euphrates, from the YPG in a two-month air and ground offensive.
The head of Al-Raqqa Doctors' Syndicate, Jamal al-Issa, said the new mass grave includes more than 1,500 bodies who were killed by airstrikes of the USA -led coalition that gave cover to US -backed Syrian fighters who captured Raqqa from IS in October past year.
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The US State Department had quickly expressed its "concern" over the attack targeting the Kurdish People's Protection Units (YPG), which form the backbone of the SDF.
Turkish and US troops on Thursday began their first round of joint patrols in the northern Syrian city of Manbij, as part of a deal to rid the area of the YPG/PKK terrorist group, Turkey's national defense minister announced.
According to Agar, with this offensive Ankara is telling Washington that "either we take action together against the YPG or we will do so unilaterally". "We can come suddenly any night", he said. Conducting joint patrols is seen as a way to tamp down potential violence between the various groups in the area.
At least four PYD/PKK terrorists were killed on Wednesday in east of Euphrates River, northern Syria, according to security sources. "We have concluded our preparations and planning regarding this issue", Erdogan said on Tuesday during his address to the parliamentary group meeting.
The PKK is blacklisted as a terror group by Turkey, the U.S. and the European Union. This assault has already forced Kurdish forces to retreat across the Euphrates river.
"Offensive operations have been halted, defensive operations continue".