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Turkey, U.S.: Turkish Foreign Minister Accuses U.S. of Supplying Kurdish Troops, Warns of Renewed Offensive

1 MIN READOct 21, 2019 | 14:12 GMT

What Happened: Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu has accused the United States of continuing to supply Kurdish troops in the Syrian Democratic Forces and warned of a renewed Turkish offensive within 35 hours, the Hurriyet Daily News reported Oct. 21.

Why It Matters: A U.S.-Turkish negotiated cease-fire has temporarily slowed down the violence in northeastern Syria, but the agreement remains fragile. A renewal of hostilities would increase pressure on Turkey after its offensive in Syria earlier this month prompted a backlash from countries around the world, including major NATO allies.

Background: Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan will travel to Russia on Oct. 22 to meet Russian President Vladimir Putin to discuss the ongoing situation in Syria.

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