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Turkish, US, Russian military chiefs hold surprise meeting

Hulusi Akar, Valery Gerasimov, and Joseph Dunford took place in the southeastern city of Antalya on Tuesday, the army said.

Turkey, a North Atlantic Treaty Organisation ally, views the Kurdish group that dominates the Syria Democratic Forces as terrorists and has threatened to drive them from the northern city of Manbij, which the alliance captured from the militants a year ago with the aid of US airstrikes.

"We continue to seek a dialogue with Turkish authorities in an effort to obtain permission to resume our operations in Turkey as soon as possible".

Capt. Davis declined to comment on what actions USA soldiers attached to the Stryker detachment may take should fighting break out again between Turkish troops and members of the Manbij council, or if Syrian troops continue their advance into coalition lines around Manbij.

In the latest development, the US and Russian Federation, once the primary sponsors of opposing forces in the war, have adopted a joint position against mutual ally Turkey, giving a major boost to forces loyal and sympathetic to Syrian President Bashar Assad.

At the end of February, Turkish and Turkish proxy forces converged with Syrian regime and Syrian proxy fighters, with ISIS in the mix, officials said, and Peoples' Protection Units, Syrian Democratic Force fighters and Syrian Arab Coalition fighters also are close together.

Mercy Corps' expulsion is likely to increase growing tension along Syria's northwest border, where the myriad military forces involved in a civil war and the separate fight against the Islamic State have converged in pursuit of conflicting objectives.

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Yildirim spoke as Turkey's military chief of staff met his US and Russian counterparts in the southern Turkish province of Antalya to discuss coordination in Syria.

"Common issues relating to regional security, in particular Syria and Iraq, are being discussed at the meeting", the Turkish military said, without giving further details.

It came after Russian and Syrian regime forces started to move "humanitarian" convoys into Manbij, making it more hard for Turkish troops to launch the offensive they had threatened.

"This is the main objective of the meeting that will continue today and tomorrow", Yildirim said, according to Turkey's Hurriyet newspaper. Turkey has labeled the YPG an affiliate of the separatist Turkish Kurdistan Workers' Party, which Washington and Moscow have designated a terrorist group.

The High-Level Cooperation Council (HLCC) is usually headed by Erdogan and his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin and includes government ministers from both states.

The Pentagon said Monday it had sent extra troops into northern Syria to make sure competing forces in and around Manbij remain focused on fighting IS rather than each other.

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