The United States is "two-faced" for refusing to call the Syrian Kurdish YPG militia terrorists, Turkey's foreign minister said on Friday, reflecting Ankara's growing irritation at Washington's backing of the group. Mevlut Cavusoglu also said it was "unacceptable" for U.S. soldiers to wear YPG emblems, after photos emerged purportedly showing U.S. special forces wearing YPG emblems on their shoulders. NATO member Turkey regards the YPG as an extension of the outlawed Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK), which has fought a three-decade insurgency for autonomy in Turkey's largely Kurdish southeast.
GENEVA (Reuters) - More than 4,200 Iraqis from Mosul fled to Syria in May, the United Nations refugee agency said on Friday, adding that it is gearing up for up to 50,000 people to leave the ISIL-held city and head across the border. “Picture this, we have refugees fleeing to Syria. So it must be desperate. Reasons are the impending battle to take it (Mosul)," UNHCR spokeswoman Melissa Fleming told a briefing. "This in anticipation of 50,000. There are contingencies for potential numbers coming in," she added. (Reporting by Stephanie Nebehay)
MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russian demining experts have returned from Syria after removing mines in the Syrian city of Palmyra, Interfax news agency cited Russian Defence Ministry as saying on Friday. (Reporting by Maria Kiselyova; Writing by Denis Pinchuk)