Published: Thu, February 08, 2018

Trump like Obama lies to Turkey about Kurdish forces, says Erdogan

Trump like Obama lies to Turkey about Kurdish forces, says Erdogan

The US-armed Kurdish People's Protection Units (YPG) on Wednesday said the Turkish army had bombed a primary school and a water plant in the Syrian Kurdistan (Rojava) city of Afrin as an offensive there entered its third week.

There were no immediate reports of damage or casualties.

In a statement on Wednesday, the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons said its fact-finding mission is "investigating all credible allegations" and reporting its findings to the organization's member states.

It released a video showing its workers rushing to rescue victims from underneath the rubble Tuesday.

Syria holds Israel "fully responsible for the risky repercussions of its repeated and uncalculated hostile adventures", the Syrian army stated on the official Syrian SANA news site.

"They are killing innocent people, women and children, in cold blood".

Russian Ambassador Vassily Nebenzia retorted, "It's completely clear to us the goal is to basically accuse the Syrian government of chemical weapons use where no perpetrators have been identified".


The U.K. -based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR) said that more than 70 people were killed in Tuesday's attacks. "Our air defence systems blocked them and destroyed majority", a Syrian army statement read.

A statement broadcast by Syrian state television described the airstrikes as "a new Israeli aggression".

"We do not have any disagreements with Russian Federation".

Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan accused former US President Donald Trump and his predecessor Barrack Obama of not fulfilling the promise they'd made to Ankara to compel the Kurdish Self-Defence Forces (YPG) from Manbij in Syria's Aleppo Governorate. The operation has been conducted jointly with the Free Syrian Army opposition forces.

Observers say Russian Federation has ramped up its air campaign in Idlib after one of its fighter jets was shot down by rebels in the province on Saturday. Its pilot, Major Roman Filipov, ejected himself only to be surrounded by terrorists on the ground.

It was the second day of an intensified assault on the region.

Syria's multisided war has drawn in armies and insurgents from around the world, aggravating a conflict that began in 2011 as an uprising against its President, Bashar al-Assad.

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