Erdogan to return to Turkey's governing party on May 2

President Tayyip Erdogan said on Friday he would try to convince Donald Trump next month that Turkish-backed forces should be used to retake the Syrian city of Raqqa from Islamic State rather than Kurdish militia Ankara views as a terrorist threat.

Erdogan made clear he expected a turnaround from Trump on the use of the Syrian Kurdish Peoples' Protection Units (YPG) as the chief U.S. ally on the ground in Syria in the battle against Islamic State (IS) militants.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel said she was hopeful frozen negotiations on a free trade agreement between the European Union and the United States would be revived one day, in an interview to be published on Saturday.

Jones warned that there were Americans and workers from other nationalities working in the oil fields in the Sinjar region, but at the same time said it was clear that the oil fields could be used as a shield. "The fact that the USA is acting together with YPG and PYD and giving them concrete support is damaging the spirit of alliance and partnership".

"Are we going to leave them unanswered?"

Blasting "fools" who he said were trying to form a Kurdish state in northern Syria, he vowed: "We will not allow the formation of such a state".

The military operation to retake Raqqa from ISIS to oust the extremist group from its de facto capital was launched on November 6 on two fronts by an amalgam of fighters, including the YPG and its female counterpart, YPJ, under the SDF flag.

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The men had been serving time at the Souza-Baranowski maximum security prison in Shirley, Mass . Baez added, "l urge anyone continuing to spread these malicious untruths to cease immediately".

It is particularly frustrated by the use of YPG fighters in a planned US -led offensive to retake Islamic State's Syrian stronghold of Raqqa on the northeast bank of the Euphrates river, an operation Ankara has long sought to join. Erdogan has said the referendum reflected the will of Turkish voters and the opposition and observer complaints are politically motivated.

Erdogan and Trump are scheduled to meet in Washington on May 16.

"It was late coming but something that we welcomed", he said.

Meanwhile, Erdogan is pressing Trump to hand over Fethullah Gulen, the Pennsylvania-based preacher blamed for the failed putsch. Eleven "terrorists" were killed, the Turkish army said.

"But it takes two to tango and if you will talk about partnership and trust it is a two way street", he said.

The United States has since conveyed their "deep concern" to the Turkish side at a high-level, State Department Deputy Spokesperson Mark Toner told reporters on Thursday.

"I am optimistic that the personal relationship on a presidential level is off to a good start".

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