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CEYLANPINAR, Turkey (AP) — The cease-fire in northern Syria got off to a rocky start Friday, as Kurdish leaders accused Turkey of violating the accord with continued fighting at a key border town while casting doubt on provisions in the U.S.-brokered deal with Ankara.
Turkey’s president warned that Turkish forces would go back on the attack in four days unless Kurdish-led fighters withdraw “without exception” from a zone 20 miles (30 kilometers) deep in Syria running the entire 260-mile (440-kilometer) length of the border.
“Without exception, if the promise is not fulfilled, Operation Peace Spring will resume the minute the 120 hours end with even more determination,” President Recep Tayyip Erdogan told journalists in Ankara.
The Kurdish Red Crescent said in a statement that six patients, both civilian and military, were in hospital in Hasakah with burns from “unknown weapons” and it was working to evaluate what had been used.
It said it could not confirm the use of chemical weapons and was “working together with our international partners to investigate this subject”.
A British chemical weapons expert sent photographs from a former colleague of a child with a badly burned torso in a frontline hospital said he thought it was likely they showed chemical burns.
originally posted by: bastion
a reply to: OccamsRazor04
Please read up on the Kurds to save yourself further embarrassment.
2005: In a national referendum, Iraqis vote in favour of a new constitution. The new constitution, which is approved by 78% of voters, recognises the Kurdistan Region's institutions including the Kurdistan Regional Government and the Kurdistan Parliament.
“That is the current game plan, things can change between now and whenever we complete the withdrawal but that is the game plan right now,” the senior official added.
It is unclear whether the U.S. troops will use Iraq as a base to launch ground raids into Syria and carry out airstrikes against Islamic State militants.
The additional U.S. troops would add to the more than 5,000 American troops already based in the country, training Iraqi forces and helping to ensure that Islamic State militants do not resurge.