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Erdogan's spokesperson said on Monday that United States military officials will come to Turkey this week to discuss coordination on Syria.

Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu told reporters at a briefing on Tuesday that "if Turkey says it will enter, it will".

Washington's decision to pull out 2,000 of his ground forces from Syria has stunned most allies including France but was greeted with approval by Turkey, which will now have a freer rein to target Kurdish fighters from the USA -backed People's Protection Units (YPG).

In December, Erdogan announced that Turkish forces were prepared to kick off an offensive on the east bank of the Euphrates River against Kurdish formations as soon as possible.

Turkish Armed Forces are ready for the beginning of new anti-terrorist operations in northern Syria against PYD/YPG, the Syrian wing of the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK), Turkish National Defense Minister Hulusi Akar said.

"The U.S. should collect those weapons".

Cavusoglu said the U.S. withdrawal "should not serve the YPG s separatist agenda".

Later, Foreign Minister Cavusoglu said that the operation in northern Syria would be postponed until the Americans withdraw from the region completely.

The tension between the two North Atlantic Treaty Organisation allies, exacerbated by Mr Erdogan's mounting authoritarianism, has isolated Turkey on the world stage and contributed...

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Washington has backed Syrian Kurdish YPG fighters while Turkey brands the group a terrorist organization.

The PKK is blacklisted as a terrorist group by Ankara, the United States and the European Union.

Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said on Tuesday that Ankara and Washington agreed to complete withdrawal of the YPG forces from Manbij before USA pulls out of Syria.

Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan has invited US President Donald Trump to visit Turkey in 2019 following a visit by US military officials this week.

In a telephone conversation Sunday between Trump and Erdogan, which both sides described as "productive", they agreed to avoid a power vacuum in Syria after the USA withdrawal. Thus the USA withdrawal is considered a major concession for Erdogan, which no doubt Trump was hoping to maintain as a key ally against Iran.

"Russia is a very important actor in Syria", he said, adding "it's very important for us to make assessments on the developments with them".

Russia's Nezavisimaya Gazeta said that Israel is preparing for a comprehensive war on Syria following the US' withdrawal from the country. "This will bring no benefit to anyone".

Turkey's foreign minister said last week that during a meeting with Erdogan in Buenos Aires several weeks ago, Trump said he was working on extraditing Gulen.

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