"The distraction of what's going on up in Afrin right now is drawing off some of the [SDF] forces", Mattis told reporters during his flight to Europe.
The U.S. has backed a force that includes a Syrian-Kurdish militia as its main ally in the war against Islamic State. He also and acknowledged areas of disagreement on how to take down Daesh as quickly as possible. Turkey considers the YPG to be a terrorist group for its links to the outlawed Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK).
South Korean Prime Minister to meet North Korean delegation
Yo-jong's visit to the South was the first visit by a member of the ruling Kim family ever since the Korean War ended in 1953. Moon did not immediately accept the invitation but said he hopes the "right conditions" will be created so it can go ahead.
Speaking to the press in Istanbul following a meeting with African states, he said Washington has made several mistakes in handling its relationship with Ankara, including giving support to the Kurdish militia in Syria known as the People's Protection Units (YPG).
Turkish president's security and foreign policy adviser Ibrahim Kalin met with U.S. National Security Adviser Herbert Raymond McMaster in Istanbul over the weekend, while foreign and defense ministers of the two countries are scheduled to meet respectively in Ankara and Brussels in the coming days.
The remarks came as US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson is due in Ankara later this week for talks aimed at finding a way forward as Washington is seriously concerned about Turkey's Operation Olive Branch in northern Syria.
J&K: CRPF jawan martyred in fresh terrorist attack in Karan Nagar
After the hiding militants were challenged, they fired at the security forces triggering a gunfight, that is still on. Earlier in the day, the forces had foiled the militants' attempt to strike the paramilitary camp, PTI reported.
The joint statement released by the White House stressed the importance of shared interests and once again described bilateral relations as strategic.
This is while USA officials regard the YPG as the most effective fighting force against the Daesh Takfiri terrorist group in northern Syria, and have substantially increased their weaponry and technology support to the terrorist group.
North and South Korea enter Winter Olympics as one
But privately, officials said, Pence expressed concern to Moon about his more conciliatory tone toward North Korea . Moon, who was seated in front of the North Korean delegation, was photographed shaking hands with a smiling Kim.
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