Turkey denies gas attack in Syria

Turkey denies gas attack in Syria

Dozens of demonstrators have marched to a building where the top United States and Turkish diplomats are seeking to ease some of the worst tensions in years between the two North Atlantic Treaty Organisation allies.

With Tillerson coming to Erdogan's home turf, the Turks appeared eager to demonstrate they were holding the upper hand. "We agreed to establish some mechanisms which will cover and evaluate all the issues", Cavusoglu said.

But Turkey has proposed extending its campaign further east to the town of Manbij, where USA troops are based, potentially leading to direct confrontation with US-backed units.In a proposal that could signal an important breakthrough in efforts to overcome the allies´ stark differences over Syria, a Turkish official told Reuters that Turkey had proposed that Turkish and U.S. forces could deploy jointly in Manbij.

Compounding the difficulties over Syria, ties had also been damaged by what Ankara perceives to be Washington's reluctance to extradite US -based cleric Fethullah Gulen and by the trial in the United States of a banker accused of helping Iran evade sanctions.

But the sour state of bilateral relations deteriorated even more rapidly in the last month after Turkey launched an offensive against a Kurdish militia backed by the United States in northern Syria.

Tillerson arrived in Turkey on Thursday for two days of what officials have said would likely be uncomfortable discussions between the allies. The militants have been pushed into a sliver of land near the Iraqi border, but still pose a terrorist threat.

There are signs of thawing in the tense relationship between the U.S. and Turkey, as U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson visits Turkey's capital, Ankara, and holds lengthy talks with leadership. "Regime forces are expected to head from Aleppo to Afrin in the upcoming hours", the Kurdish official said. US officials said one idea to be considered is placing Turkish troops alongside American soldiers stationed in northern Syria to improve transparency.

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Just an hour previous, Cornyn had told reporters the opposite, saying: "We could do it this week if there is cooperation". The proposal is expected to be one of several amendments the Senate will consider this week as it debates immigration .

Despite reports that the Turkish military has made use of internationally-banned chemical weapons in its ongoing offensive in Syria's northwestern region of Afrin, Ankara denies having carried out a gas attack, arguing it takes the "utmost care" of civilians. "Unfortunately, there has not been any legal action against the head of this terror group, who gave the instructions" for the coup bid, he said, referring to Gulen, whose extradition from the U.S. Turkey has sought since the defeated coup. Erdogan has threatened to attack the town.

The rupture in relations is so severe that the two nominal allies halted issuing visas to each other citizens for months previous year. The United States has a military presence in Manbij.

"We have to think about all of northern Syria", Tillerson said.

Addressing the conference, Yildirim underlined that Turkey is fighting several terrorist groups at the same time, not only Daesh and the PYD/PKK, but also the Fetullah Terrorist Organization (FETO), which orchestrated the defeated coup attempt in 2016.

A further irritant has been Russia's plan to sell Turkey its S-400 missile defense system. Turkey fears that the Syrian Kurds will provide arms to Turkish Kurds who have been waging an armed struggle against the government.

"We have treated them and are observing them now".