TEHRAN, Young Journalists Club (YJC) - According to a readout of the call with President Erdogan, Trump called on him “to deescalate, limit its military actions, and avoid civilian casualties and increases to displaced persons and refugees,” the White House said Wednesday.
“He urged Turkey to exercise caution and to avoid any actions that might risk conflict between Turkish and American forces,” the statement added.
Erdogan, for his part, asserted that Turkish forces in Syria are aiming to get rid of "terrorist elements" and protect Turkey's national security.
Turkey has launched "Operation Olive Branch," a new air and ground operation targeting the Afrin region, to oust the Kurdish People's Protection Units (YPG), which Ankara views as a terror organization and the Syrian branch of the outlawed Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK).
The US president further slammed Ankara’s rhetoric in regard to Washington’s support for terrorism.