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Turkey and Kurdish fighters' ceasefire holds

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>> Turkish and Kurdish forces in Northern Syria not fighting for a second day. They're supposed to be on the same side, the fight against Islamic State, but decades of Kurdish uprising inside Turkey means partners in the US led coalition were themselves at war. Still, the ceasefire, if that's what it is, is holding, according to Reuters bureau chief in Istanbul Nick Tatasil.
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>> While there have been no reports of fighting between Turkish, and military forces, or the rebels they back, and the Kurdish militia fighters in the last 24 hours or so, but Turkey rejects the idea that this is any kind of ceasefire. Turkish government minister today saying that Turkey is a sovereign nation and could not make such a truce with the YPG, which in Turkey's eyes, is a terrorist organization.
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>> Turkey's President Erdogan saying he'll fight any and all groups that threaten the rule of law and will continue to do so. He sent tanks into Syria last week. Their sites trained on all their enemies, not just Islamic State.>> It is a very complicated situation in Northern Syria already.
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The issue here, is that Turkey has said, and made clear, from the outset, that it views the Kurdish militia fighters as an extension of the PKK, the Kurdish militant group that's fought an insurgency inside Turkey for the last three decades. What Turkey absolutely does not want is Syrian Kurdish fighters taking territory along the Syrian side of the Turkish border.
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That, it worries would create a Kurdish enclave in northern Syria. And would fuel the separatists ambition of Kurdish militants within Turkey.>> The US has welcomed the lull in hostilities. They'll be hoping it will help their stated strategy in Syria, pushing back the Islamic State.