Turkey summons U.S. charge d'affaires over Syria: Turkish sources

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The YPG has received arms shipments and training from the United States, in a move that angered Turkey which considers the Kurdish forces to be a "terrorist group" that threatens its security. If Abu al-Duhur falls, the resistance-controlled Idlib province shall be cut in half, and its eastern more arid part could soon be fully captured by al-Assad's supporters, while its western half could end up under an increasingly severe siege.

Turkey's Foreign Ministry summoned the charge d'affaires of the United States, Philip Kosnett, today, making him the third foreign envoy to be called in the past 24 hours amid rising tensions with Russian Federation over the Syrian government's ongoing offensive in Idlib.

Ankara was annoyed with the Syrian Army's operations in the Idlib region and called Iran and Moscow diplomats to the foreign ministry to protest over the violation of "the non-conflict" agreement.

Earlier on Wednesday, Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu had warned Russian Federation and Iran they should adhere to the joint accord they signed with Turkey past year in which the three countries announced a "de-escalation zone" in Idlib. It has repeatedly condemned Washington's support for the YPG. Erdoğan has cast the YPG as "terrorists" closely connected to the Kurdish Worker's Party (PKK), which has been fighting an anti-government guerrilla campaign in southeastern Turkey for decades.

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Damascus has been scoring military successes against the rebel groups in the area thanks to Russian air support and active involvement of Iran-backed militias. A Syrian military source denied this and dismissed rebel talk of a counter attack as propaganda.

Russia's relations with Turkey have suffered a blow due to the latest developments in Syria.

The three countries had agreed a year ago to establish a "de-escalation zone" in the opposition-held Idlib province and surrounding region, which borders Turkey. Turkey entered the war in Syria on the U.S.'s side, but has grown increasingly distant over US support for Kurdish militants.

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