Turkish PM says must coordinate fully with US, Russia in Syria

The meeting among Marine General Joseph Dunford, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff; Russian General Valeriy Gerasimov; and Turkish General Hulusi Akar occurred in Antalya, Turkey, said Navy Captain Greg Hicks, a spokesman for the chairman.

Turkey has said that the next target of its cross-border Syria campaign would be Manbij, which is now controlled by the US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), a group dominated by Kurdish fighters.

A US deployment and a Russian-brokered deal with Syrian forces created buffer zones that headed off any Turkish drive against the Kurdish forces - seen by Washington as key allies against Islamic State, though Turkey views them as terrorists - who now hold the town.

The U.S. already has a standing agreement with Moscow to avoid accidental clashes between both countries' air forces operating in the skies above Syria.

Turkey, Russia, and the United States are all fighting the IS group, though they support different sides in the Syrian conflict.

The top generals from Turkey, US and Russian Federation have met to discuss developments in Syria and Iraq to prevent "the risk of a conflict" during their fight against ISIL.

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The Turkish army says its chief of the general staff has met with his Russian and American counterparts in Turkey, discussing the situation in Iraq and Syria among other things.

It added that the leaders will exchange views on regional and global issues, particularly Syria.

The top brass are expected to discuss security issues in Syria and Iraq, the Russian Ministry of Defense (MoD) said in a statement.

Mercy Corps said the Turkish government had not given a specific reason for the decision, which will mean ending a programme that provides regular assistance to hundreds of thousands of besieged Syrian civilians and refugees.

Prime Minister Binali Yildirim described it as "unfortunate" that their allies were choosing to ally with the Kurdish YPG against ISIS. Before, the two officers had not met face-to-face since 2014, when the United States broke off most contact between the U.S. and Russian militaries after Moscow launched military operations in Ukraine and annexed that country's Crimean Peninsula as its own.

The Pentagon said it has sent extra troops into northern Syria to make sure competing forces in and around Manbij remain focused on fighting IS rather than each other.

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