Backed Syria force suspends anti-IS attacks after Turkey hits

Mourners carry the coffin of a commander from the Syrian Democratic Forces, killed a day earlier in battles against ISIS in Hajin during his funeral in Qamishli

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has talked on the phone with his USA counterpart Donald Trump, a source in the Turkish presidential administration told reporters, TASS news agency reported.

The U.S. and the Turks have been conducting independent patrols along the front line and joint patrols are considered a way to tamp down potential violence between the various groups in the region. The spokesman of the Manbij Military Council, a USA -backed militia, said Thursday Nov. 1, 2018, that joint U.S.

The Turkish government sees the YPG as an extension of the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK), which has waged a deadly insurgency in Turkey since 1984. The Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces "temporarily" suspended offensive actions against ISIS in response to cross-border attacks by Turkey, Col. Sean Ryan, a spokesman for the USA -led coalition fighting the jihadi group, said on Twitter on Thursday.

Earlier this year, Turkish military forces supported Syrian opposition fighters in seizing the Afrin region, west of the Euphrates, from the YPG in a two-month air and ground offensive.

In the multi-sided conflict, Islamic State fighters have been driven from almost all of the self-proclaimed "caliphate" they controlled in Syria and Iraq by a range of foes including the US -led coalition, the Iraqi government, the Russian-backed Syrian government and Iran-backed Shi'ite paramilitaries.

Their conversation came as Turkish and USA troops began conducting joint patrols around the Syrian town of Manbij, as part of an agreement that aimed to ease tensions between the two North Atlantic Treaty Organisation allies.

Turkey's relations with the US have been badly strained over Washington's support for the Kurdish fighters, and while a direct confrontation between their forces is unlikely, Turkey's vow to clear the Kurdish force from areas where USA troops are stationed requires extreme care to avoid unintended American casualties.

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"Soon, we will descend on them with more comprehensive and effective" force, said Erdogan, who has long vowed to clear all of northern Syria of the militia.

Instead of idling around in Manbij, we are determined to turn our focus and energy to the east of the Euphrates.

Recep Tayyip Erdogan's remarks came days after the Turkish military shelled Syrian Kurdish People's Protection Units, or YPG, militia positions and following repeated warnings to expand Ankara's operations to northeastern Syria. "We have completed preparations and plans regarding this issue", Erdogan said in a speech to lawmakers from his ruling AK Party on Tuesday.

The IS has been driven to just a few towns in the area and the United States and its coalition allies conducted 184 air and artillery strikes last week targeting the terror group's last remaining territory, striking command and control centres, weapons caches and vehicles.

Earlier this year, Turkey and the United States agreed the YPG would withdraw from Manbij.

Past offensives halted at the banks of the river, in part to avoid direct confrontation with the US.

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