Turkey detains 666 over social media criticism of Afrin operation

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"Ties with the United States have been at a very critical point", he added. "Come on, get out", the Turkish leader said Wednesday, taking direct aim at American military support for Syrian Kurdish paramilitary forces Ankara claims are directly linked to Kurdish terrorist organizations.

These relations will either be fixed or they will break down completely, Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu said on February 12 in ıstanbul, days before U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson's visit to Ankara.

"We want concrete steps [from U.S.]". The Turkish Armed Forces have neutralized 1,369 terrorists during Operation Olive Branch near Afrin in northern Syria, Turkey's General Staff said in a statement on Monday.

"The reason for that missing trust is the US", Cavusoglu was quoted as saying by the Hurriyet Daily News.

Turkey not willing to have a dialogue with the USA regarding Syria, Turkish Deputy Prime Minister Bekir Bozdag said according to Turkish media.

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The U.S. has long supported the PYD/PKK as a "reliable ally" in its fight against ISIL, over the strong objections of Ankara, which has documented that it is the Syrian branch of the terrorist PKK.

Turkey has threatened to target Manbij, another Syrian town held by the YPG, in its next move, but the United States has refused to withdraw its troops from the town as demanded by Ankara, heightening the risk of a direct confrontation between the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation allies.

The operation has been conducted jointly with the Free Syrian Army forces.

The military also said the "utmost care" is being used to avoid harming civilians.

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