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>> Turkish army tanks crossing into Syria on Saturday to attack Islamic State, providing support for Syrian rebels, raiding border villages of Islamic extremists
his despite deep concerns in Washington over Turkey's increasing interference In the five year conflict. The US says any action against the Kurdish YPG risks undermining the broader goal of defeating the IS
Turkish forces, side-to-side with Syrian rebels, launched their first major incursion last week and are fighting both IS and the YPG near the border. Meanwhile, war continues to trump peace efforts as UN mediated talks miss another deadline this week. UN special envoy, de Mistura, calling on major and regional powers to help smooth the way.
But Russian air cover and Iranian backed militias continue to support President Assad's men in the divided stronghold of Aleppo, where aid deliveries and medical evacuations have been cut off. de Mistura blames Moscow and Washington for not being able to lead the way. Critics accuse de Mistura and his UN aid missions of supporting Assad's troops and dragging the conflict further.
th Turkey now joining the rebels against the YPG and Islamic State, and Russia and Iran backing Assad against the rebels, prospects for a peace deal are wearing increasingly thin.