French President warns Turkey over military operation on Afrin

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A civilian officer died in the attack, two other people were injured, one of whom was a military official, according to a statement from the Turkish army, quoted by Focus. Turkey has intensified pressure against the Kurdish minority since the summer of 2015.

"We go through great measures to deconflict", he said.

The military also said the "utmost importance" is being put on avoiding any harm to civilians.

Gen. Joseph Votel, of U.S. Central Command, told reporters there is a "robust" co-ordination mechanism to avoid such friction. That would be the first time two North Atlantic Treaty Organisation allies have clashed. Ankara claimed that its move was aimed at pushing Daesh Takfiri terrorists from Turkey's border with Syria and stopping the advance of Kurdish forces, themselves fighting Daesh.

"I immediately called for calm and caution, and I expressed our concern from the beginning", Macron said.

The initial focus on the Turkish assault has been in the Afrin border region.

Such a scenario "essentially takes the focus off ISIS and gives ISIS manoeuvre space".

Naki shared a video on social media on Sunday calling for participation in a rally in the German city of Cologne to protest against Turkey's military offensive into northern Syria's Afrin region.

Macron said it could be "a real problem" if "Syrian sovreignty is not respected". Macron said he would talk to Erdogan in the coming days.

Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yildirim says the French president has a "flawed understanding" of Turkey's cross-border offensive in northwestern Syria.

"If the operation becomes more than fighting a potential terrorist threat on the Turkish border and turns into an invasion operation, we would have a real problem with that", he said in an interview with French newspaper Le Figaro on January 31.

Manning said he did not know if the USA has agreed to stop arming and training its Syrian allies, another request by Turkey.

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