Trump urges Turkey to limit military actions in Syria

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US President Donald Trump urged Turkey to curtail its military operations in Syria and avoid risk of conflict with American forces, in a call with President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Wednesday, the White House said.

"President Trump relayed concerns that escalating violence in Afrin, Syria, risks undercutting our shared goals in Syria," the White House said in a statement. "He urged Turkey to deescalate, limit its military actions, and avoid civilian casualties and increases to displaced persons and refugees."

A statement from Erdogan’s office said that he told President Trump the United States must halt weapons support to the Kurdish YPG militia.

The operation, launched at the weekend, aimed to "purge terrorist elements" from Afrin for Turkey's national security and was conducted on the basis of international law, the statement from the Turkish president's office said.

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