Ties with U.S. at risk of breaking down: Turkey

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Last month, Turkey launched an offensive called "Olive Branch" against Kurdish forces in Afrin, a region in northern Syria, which was faced with Washington's criticism.

While the USA has worked to strengthen the Syrian Kurdish force, called the YPG, to help combat the Islamic State in Syria and Iraq (ISIS), Turkey considers the YPG to be a terrorist organization within its borders.

Relations between Turkey and the United States have deteriorated now to a point of either being fixed or breaking down completely, Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu cautioned on Monday.

These relations will either be fixed or they will break down completely, Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu said on February 12 in ıstanbul, days before U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson's visit to Ankara.

"The reason for that missing trust is the US", Cavusoglu was quoted as saying by the Hurriyet Daily News.

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The U.S. has backed a force that includes a Syrian-Kurdish militia as its main ally in the war against Islamic State.

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According to the Turkish General Staff, the operation aims to establish security and stability along Turkey's borders and the region as well as protect Syrians from terrorist oppression and cruelty. Speaking in Ankara on Monday_the third day of the operation- Erdogan said Turkey's "fundamental goal" is ensuring national security, preserving Syria's territorial integrity and protecting the Syrian people.

The military also said the "utmost care" is being used to avoid harming civilians.

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