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Turkish, Kurdish forces in Syria agree to 'stop shooting at each other'

Turkish soldiers drive a tank towards Syria from the Turkish border city of Karkamis in the Gaziantep region on August 27, 2016Turkish and Kurdish forces in northern Syria have reached a “loose agreement” to stop fighting each other, a US defense official told AFP on Tuesday. “In the last several hours, we have received assurance that all parties involved are going to stop shooting at each other and focus on the ISIL threat,” said Colonel John Thomas, Central Command spokesman, using an acronym for the Islamic State group (IS). The United States is frantically trying to avert an escalation in violence between Turkish forces operating in and around the Syrian border town of Jarabulus and YPG fighters in the same region.

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