Erdogan invites Trump to visit Turkey

Turkish-backed Syrian fighters raise the opposition flag as they arrive in the rebel-held town of Qirata after leaving their barracks in Jarablus en-route to Manbij

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The White House confirmed Çavuşoğlu's announcement that Trump has received an invitation to visit Turkey in 2019, although no date has been set for the trip.

Reports say a military convoy has been deployed to Turkey's Kilis province.

In fact, ISIS members and supporters have been operating in Turkey, and the Turkish government has at times treated those who expose ISIS activities more harshly than ISIS supporters themselves.

Following Trump's move, Turkey chose to postpone its military operation against Syrian Kurdish fighters in northeast Syria.

Despite the group's declaration, there has not yet been official confirmation of a larger Turkish offensive.

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The pace of troop movements, along with diplomatic outreach, intensified Monday, the same day the Pentagon confirmed outgoing Defense Secretary Jim Mattis ordered US troops to start leaving Syria, without elaborating.

However, Trump's announced troop withdrawal has defused the crisis of American troops being caught in the middle, and along with it the possibility of a U.S. -Turkey clash.

U.S. President Donald Trump tweeted Sunday about a telephone conversation he had with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

Turkey vowed on Monday that the fight against Islamic State would not be slowed by the USA withdrawal from Syria, where Ankara-backed rebels reinforced their positions around the potential flashpoint town of Manbij.

The PKK, which has waged an insurgency against Turkey since 1984, is blacklisted as a terrorist organisation by Ankara and its Western allies.

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In a Twitter posting on Monday, Trump said Erdogan vowed to continue the fight against ISIS. Erdogan has vowed to dislodge the US -backed Kurdish YPG fighters from along its border with Syria.

In the past two years, Turkey has conducted two offensives into northern Syria, dubbed "Euphrates Shield" and "Olive Branch".

He did not say when the meeting would happen, but Turkey's foreign minister, Mevlut Cavusoglu, announced that he will travel to Russian Federation in the coming days to discuss Syria, according to CNN Turk.

In the meantime, Turkey has been working to strengthen its military position both along the Syrian border and by proxy forces already inside the country.

"Yesterday units from the (rebel) Syrian National Army headed toward the Manbij front and took preliminary positions (in preparation) for the battle", said Major Youssef Hamoud, the spokesman for the National Army.

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Ibrahim Kalin, spokesman for President Tayyip Erdogan dismissed concerns that the withdrawal ordered by US President Donald Trump would allow Islamic State to regain territory. Russia, alongside Iran, has propped up Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, while Turkey has backed various rebel groups.

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