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Acknowledging that US-Turkey relations have been in crisis, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and his Turkish counterpart said Friday in Ankara that the two countries will create the groups to deal with points of friction.

Acknowledging that ties with Turkey are at a "crisis point," U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson pledged cooperation with President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's government but also issued new warnings over the erosion of democratic norms and the country's plan to sign a defense deal with Russian Federation. "The relationship is too important".

Turkey, which views Kurdish militants as terrorists and a top domestic threat, launched a military offensive against USA -supported Syrian-Kurdish forces in Afrin, a region in northwest Syria.

Turkey launched an assault in Syria's northwest region of Afrin last month in a bid to protect its borders from the YPG and has proposed extending its offensive further west to the town of Manbij - where United States troops are based.

Officials from the United States and Turkey have agreed to cooperate toward resolving their rift over Syria.

But the YPG has been working closely with Washington to oust the Islamic State extremist group from Syria, which has strained relations between the two North Atlantic Treaty Organisation allies.

"Once the YPG leaves there, we will have trust", Cavusoglu said. Were going to act together from this point forward. They were dispersed by riot police, witnesses said.

"Turkish officials bluntly warned US military forces in Syria to distance themselves from YPG units or risk getting caught up in the fighting, warning they might receive an 'Ottoman slap.' USA military officers in Syria said if attacked, they would respond, but did not say they planned to be moving anywhere. Time for the Say So".

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Turkey is a fellow North Atlantic Treaty Organisation ally and a member of the global coalition against the Islamic State (ISIS), making a move to sanction that government unprecedented.

He said: "We are getting closer to victory with each passing day".

Birusk Hasaka, a spokesman for the Kurdish YPG militia in Afrin, told Reuters that Turkish bombardment hit a village in the northwest of the region, near the Turkish border.

Another matter discussed was Turkey's planned purchase of the Russian S-400 air defence system that has drawn criticism from the US and other North Atlantic Treaty Organisation allies.

"We'd like to think that our vital security concerns are taken seriously".

"The only way to prevent a conflict is for U.S. policy makers to adopt a clear and tough-minded approach to Turkey now, before things get worse".

Ankara has placed greater emphasis in recent months on the need to combat the Kurdish militia and has said the United States is merely using one terrorist group to combat another. According to Anadolu Agency correspondents on the ground, the villages of Hassan Kalkawi and Jalma near Raju town in Afrin were cleared from terrorists during ongoing Operation Olive Branch.

Syrian Kurds, Arabs, and Syriacs demonstrate in the Kurdish town of Jandairis near the Syrian-Turkish border, and 18 kilometers southwest of Afrin, on February 6, 2018, in a show of solidarity with residents of the enclave against Turkey's offensive.

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