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Kurds Repel 100 Militants Attacking From Turkish Side of Syria Border - MoD


"Overnight from February 27 to 28 the Russian center for the reconciliation of the warring parties in Syria received information about an attack from Turkish territory on the Syrian town of Tal Abyad by armed units using large-scale artillery", said the chief of the center, Lieutenant General Sergei Kuralenko.

Syria's main opposition grouping recorded 15 violations by government troops and allied forces on the first day of a landmark truce, a spokesman told reporters Sunday, as Russian Federation accused Turkey of breaking the ceasefire. Though the ceasefire explicitly excludes both ISIS and the Nusra Front, there have not been reports of any major happenings in their territory since then either, nor has Turkey attacked the Kurds in Syria so far since then.

Syria has been mired in civil war since 2011, with forces loyal to President Bashar Assad fighting against a number of opposition factions and extremist groups, including Daesh and the Nusra Front, which are prohibited in many countries, including Russian Federation.

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, an opposition monitoring group, says the army and pro-government Shiite militias were backed by Russian airstrikes in the push on Khanaser.

Fighting also continues against the Islamic State group which, along with al-Qaida's branch in Syria, was left out of the deal. Ankara sees the group as a terrorist organisation and has shelled YPG positions in northern Syria in recent weeks in retaliation, it says, for cross-border fire.

Interfax cited the head of the coordination center as saying Russian Federation had contacted a US centre in Amman for clarification over shelling of Syrian territory from Turkey.

"We've always been somewhat clear-eyed about where they are effective, where they benefit from our support, and where, in some areas - and I spoke about Aleppo - where we found some of their actions - and these are different groups, obviously different groups of the YPG that are operating in some of these areas".

Davutoglu says that "where Turkey's security is concerned, we would not seek anyone's permission, we would do whatever is necessary" to defend the country.

Syria's state news agency says a vehicle bomb has exploded on the edge of a government-held central town, killing two and wounding several others.

The ceasefire process, put in train by Russian Federation and the United States, could be complicated by North Atlantic Treaty Organisation member Turkey's deep distrust of the Washington-backed Syrian Kurdish YPG militia, which has made territorial gains in northern Syria near the Turkish border. In a wide-ranging 100-minute discussion with a small group of Western journalists, Ibrahim Kalin ruled out barring the USA from flying missions against ISIS from Turkey's Incirlik airbase. "I am absolutely fine and have no further comment", McGarry said.

Turkish officials, however, say that it is the Syrian affiliate of the PKK, which has led a bloody campaign in Turkey for decades.

In an audio message posted online Friday, al-Golani said "be careful of the betrayal of the West and America, be careful of the betrayal of Rafida and Alawites".