Erdogan Invites Trump to Turkey amid Syria Pullout

Do not expect justice from UN' says Erdogan

Do not expect justice from UN' says Erdogan

But Erdogan's main objective in Syria is actually to target the Kurdish People's Protection Units (YPG) militia, which the U.S. has trained to spearhead the fight against ISIS.

"Yesterday units from the (rebel) Syrian National Army headed toward the Manbij front and took preliminary positions (in preparation) for the battle", said Major Youssef Hamoud, the spokesman for the National Army.

Cavusoglu made the remarks as Ankara postponed the military operation following a USA announcement for withdrawal from the war-torn country.

Washington for years supported the YPG-led SDF in the fight against the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL, also known as ISIS) group in Syria.

Earlier in the day, Turkish Presidential Spokesman İbrahim Kalın said Trump had accepted an invitation from President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan to visit Turkey in 2019 during a phone call Sunday. This operation may lead to real Turkish control over a significant part of northern Syria.

Erdogan told reporters on Tuesday that he will probably meet with Russian President Vladimir Putin to discuss the US withdrawal.

Turkey and the United States have agreed to complete their agreement on the Syrian town of Manbij by the time the full USA withdrawal from Syria is completed, the state-owned Anadolu news agency cited the foreign minister as saying on Tuesday.

US President Donald Trump abruptly announced the pullout from Syria last week, surprising allies and sparking the resignation of two of his top aides.

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Its capture was a milestone in the USA -backed campaign against Islamic State.

Following the U.S. decision of troops withdrawal, Turkey announced it would be postponing its military operation planned against terrorists in the east of Euphrates in Syria.

The deployment began over the weekend with around 100 vehicles, the Hurriyet daily said, and crossed into the Al-Bab region, headed towards Jarabulus and YPG-held Manbij.

Military reinforcements had also been sent to the Akcakale border town and Ceylanpinar district, both in the southeastern Sanliurfa province.

Turkish officials have previously said Ankara has no territorial ambitions in Syria. First Defense Secretary Jim Mattis resigned, then Brett McGurk, the special envoy to the anti-IS coalition, stepped down.

A delegation of the Syrian Democratic Council, the political wing of SDF, arrived in Russian Federation last week for talks.

But relations between the Turkish and American leaders appear to have improved substantially since a crisis in the summer over the detention of a USA pastor, since released.

In June, Ankara and Washington reached an agreement that would see the YPG ousted from the town, but Turkey has repeatedly blamed the United States for what it says has been a delay in that deal.

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