US News: Syria: The Turkish army accentuates the pressure on the Kurdish forces and the troops of the

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Turkish air strikes on positions held by the troops of the regime and the Kurdish forces left three dead and injured on Sunday, according to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights.

With our regional correspondent, Paul Khalifeh

The tension has mounted in recent 24 hours on the fronts of northern Syrian where the Turkish army and its Syrian army are faced on the one hand, the Kurdish militias and the government army of the other. Violent artillery duels took place in the Kobane sector, east of Aleppo, before the intervention of Turkish aviation which killed and injured in the ranks of Kurdish fighters and the Syrian army.

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The Turkish army also pulled dozens of shells and rockets against positions of the Syrian democratic forces, dominated by the Kurds and supported by the United States, in the Qamichli region, in the extreme northeast of Syria.

This climbing on the field comes at a time when Ankara and Damascus have had high level contacts for the first time since the start of the Syrian war eleven years ago. Various sources have revealed that the heads of the two countries' security services have met several times in recent weeks to discuss conflictual files.

The Reuters news agency confirmed that a meeting took place in Damascus last week, between Turkish Intelligence Manager Hakan Fidan, and his Syrian counterpart Ali Mamlouk, who is the subject of American and European sanctions.

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