Ankara: 1369 militants killed in Olive Branch operation in Afrin

Smoke is seen billowing from the northern Syrian Kurdish town of Afrin

"Ties with the United States have been at a very critical point", he added.

Turkish president's security and foreign policy adviser Ibrahim Kalin met with U.S. National Security Adviser Herbert Raymond McMaster in Istanbul over the weekend, while foreign and defense ministers of the two countries are scheduled to meet respectively in Ankara and Brussels in the coming days.

The PKK - listed as a terrorist group by the US, EU, and Turkey - has taken some 40,000 lives in Turkey, including 1,200 since July 2015. Turkey considers the YPG a terrorist group, but it is a key component of US -backed forces battling Islamic State in Syria.

Diplomatic sources told Asharq Al-Awsat that the U.S. proposal to establish a 30 km deep security zone into Syrian territory on Turkey's border would be discussed, pointing out that Turkey first wants to ensure getting a clear position out of the USA on the issue of stopping support to Kurdish units.

The two men evaluated regional developments, factors that have damaged relations between the allies and developing ways of combating terrorism, a Turkish presidential source said, but provided no further details. "We will either fix these relations or they will break completely", Mevlut Cavusoglu told reporters in Istanbul on the sidelines of a Turkish-African meeting in Istanbul.

A total of 1369 Syrian Kurdish People's Protection Units (YPG) have been killed since the launch of Turkey's Operation Olive Branch in the northern Syrian district of Afrin, the Turkish military said in a statement. Washington says Ankara has not provided enough evidence for the extradition.



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