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Turkey says unclear whether Syrian government forces will enter Afrin

Tayyip Erdogan on Tuesday said that Turkish forces would soon lay siege to Syria's Afrin

A U.S. announcement that it would build a 30,000-strong border force to patrol Syria's frontiers that included the YPG alarmed Ankara and led to the military campaign, dubbed "Operation Olive Branch" by the Turkish government.

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad has described US-sponsored Kurdish armed elements as "traitors" to the nation but has also denounced Turkish incursions as an act of aggression.

Turkish officials say they are fully prepared to fight the Syrian military fight alongside the war against the Kurds, with Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu warning that nothing can stop Turkish soldiers.

The Kurdish official said negotiations, from the Kurdish perspective, were aimed at facilitating the entrance of Syrian army troops to secure the border zones with Turkey and to allow them to hold a few positions in the Afrin countryside.

The YPG and the Syrian military have largely avoided each other in the seven-year Syrian Civil War.

The Turkish government wryly welcomed the presence of Assad forces in Afrin if they were meant to attack and kill the YPG.

Ankara views the YPG as a terrorist offshoot of the Kurdistan Workers´ Party (PKK), an insurgency in Turkey which is listed as a terror organisation by the United States and the European Union.

Pres. Trump proposes cuts to food stamps, add packaged food delivery
Currently, SNAP beneficiaries can buy what they want with all of their monthly benefits as long as it falls under the guidelines . People who receive at least $90 a month in benefits would get about half their food in the form of a " USDA Foods package ".

The agreement may prompt Turkey to pull out its forces and end a month-long air and ground offensive that aims to oust the Syrian Kurdish militia known as the People's Protection Units, or YPG, from the border enclave. The enclave is under the control of the Democratic Union party (PYD) and the YPG, partners of the US-backed coalition against Islamic State.

On Sunday, the Turkish General Staff said in a statement that a total of 1,614 militants had been "neutralized" since the start of Operation Olive Branch in Afrin. By nightfall, no troops had entered Afrin.

On Monday, state media and Kurdish sources said the two sides were negotiating for pro-regime troops to help defend against the Turkish military and its rebel allies.

"For God's sake, save yourself from the sovereignty of America and Russian Federation, get out of their [gravitational pull]", Kemal Kilicdaroglu told his party's lawmakers in parliament.

Opposition activists say government forces have brought in reinforcements in preparation for a wide offensive on the last main rebel stronghold near the capital.

The besieged region known as eastern Ghouta has been subjected to weekslong bombardment that has killed and wounded hundreds of people.

Syrian state TV reported that rebels, in return, fired dozens of mortar rounds and rockets at Damascus, wounding eight people.

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