Erdogan criticizes Russian Federation, says Turkey to decide future of Syria's Afrin

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Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan struck back at global investors on Thursday, saying that no one could bring the country to heel by using exchange rates, casting a precipitous fall in the lira currency as a conspiracy from outside.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has called on world powers to stop "arms wrestling" on Syria amid an unprecedented upsurge of tension between the United States and Russian Federation over an alleged chemical attack near the Syrian capital earlier this month.

The pair spoke "to discuss the current crisis in Syria", it said, adding: "The two leaders agreed to stay in close contact about the situation".

Last week Putin, Iran's President Hassan Rouhani and Turkey's strongman Tayyip Erdogan completed a successful summit in Ankara by announcing their new partnership to establish a ceasefire in Syria and to start rebuilding the war-ravaged land that is ravaged in large part by their own forces.

While Turkey is cooperating with both Russian Federation and Iran to wind down some of the violence in Syria, Ankara has long demanded that President Bashar al-Assad must go and has backed rebels against him. Trump also blamed Moscow for being partners with "a gas killing animal", referring to Syria's Bashar al-Assad.

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Twelve injured passengers were rushed to the hospital and are in critical condition. "My first priority was to save lives". From 2005 till 2015, Himachal Pradesh witnessed in total around 29,555 road accidents across the state.

Trump tweeted: "Russia vows to shoot down any and all missiles fired at Syria".

Turkish authorities often use the word "neutralised" in their statements to imply that the terrorists in question either surrendered or were killed or captured.

On January 20, Turkey, together with the Free Syrian Army opposition forces, launched Operation Olive Branch in Afrin. On March 18, Turkish-backed troops liberated Afrin town center, which had been a major hideout for the YPG/PKK since 2012.

Airstrikes on PKK targets in northern Iraq, where the terror group has its main base in the Mount Qandil region, near the Iranian border, have been carried out regularly since July 2015, when the PKK resumed its armed terror campaign.

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