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Erdogan: Turkey plans military operation in Syria

2019-10-05T14:22:11.147Z

Turkey will soon implement a new military operation in northern Syria, east of the Euphrates River, in an area controlled by the Kurdish YPG militia. This was announced by Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan in a televised speech on Sunday.



The offensive can start within two days and consist of both land and air forces, according to the Turkish president.

The Kurdish YPG militia is supported by the US and during the civil war in Syria, a strong contribution was made to fighting the terrorist group IS.

But Turkey sees the militia as a branch of the Kurdish party PKK, which for 35 years fought a bloody uprising on Turkish territory.

Turkey has also previously threatened a military operation east of the Euphrates, but it has been withdrawn at the last moment after negotiations with the US.

The United States is in a difficult position when it is considered that the Kurdish forces are important in the fight against the region's Islamist terrorist groups, but at the same time are allied with the NATO country Turkey.

Source: svt

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