Europe

Turkey's president says Kurds have not withdrawn as US says

  • Syrians leave the Moadamiyeh suburb of Damascus, Syria, on Friday, Sept. 2, 2016. Dozens of Syrians living in a besieged rebel-held suburb of the capital, Damascus, have begun evacuating the area following a deal struck with the government that grants amnesty to gunmen and restores state control. (AP Photo)

    Syrians leave the Moadamiyeh suburb of Damascus, Syria, on Friday, Sept. 2, 2016. Dozens of Syrians living in a besieged rebel-held suburb of the capital, Damascus, have begun evacuating the area following a deal struck with the government that grants amnesty to gunmen and restores state control. (AP Photo)  (The Associated Press)

  • Men embrace while leaving the Moadamiyeh suburb of Damascus, Syria, on Friday, Sept. 2, 2016. Dozens of Syrians living in a besieged rebel-held suburb of the capital, Damascus, have begun evacuating the area following a deal struck with the government that grants amnesty to gunmen and restores state control. (AP Photo)

    Men embrace while leaving the Moadamiyeh suburb of Damascus, Syria, on Friday, Sept. 2, 2016. Dozens of Syrians living in a besieged rebel-held suburb of the capital, Damascus, have begun evacuating the area following a deal struck with the government that grants amnesty to gunmen and restores state control. (AP Photo)  (The Associated Press)

  • A boy carries his belongings as he leaves the Moadamiyeh suburb of Damascus, Syria, on Friday, Sept. 2, 2016. Dozens of Syrians living in a besieged rebel-held suburb of the capital, Damascus, have begun evacuating the area following a deal struck with the government that grants amnesty to gunmen and restores state control. (AP Photo)

    A boy carries his belongings as he leaves the Moadamiyeh suburb of Damascus, Syria, on Friday, Sept. 2, 2016. Dozens of Syrians living in a besieged rebel-held suburb of the capital, Damascus, have begun evacuating the area following a deal struck with the government that grants amnesty to gunmen and restores state control. (AP Photo)  (The Associated Press)

Turkey's president denies claims by U.S. officials that Syrian Kurdish rebels fighting Turkish forces in northern Syria have withdrawn east of the Euphrates River.

President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Friday as he departed for the G20 meeting in China, "they tell us that YPG (a Syrian Kurdish force) has crossed east of the Euphrates. And we say: no they did not."

Erdogan is apparently referring to U.S. officials saying earlier this week that the Kurds have mostly moved to the east of the river, as demanded by Turkey.

Last week, Turkey sent troops across the border to help Syrian rebels capture the town of Jarablus. But then clashes broke out with the Kurds. Turkey does not want the rebels it considers terrorists to form a corridor on its border.