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Turkey deploys forces in Syria

The Turkish side aims to make Syrian armed units withdraw from the border; it considers Kurdish rebels members of terrorist organizations
13:58, 9 October 2019

Turkish army in Syria, October 2019
Bloomberg

Turkey brings its troops across the border with Syria. Bloomberg reported that with the reference to a Turkish source. 

According to the source, a small forward group of Turkish forces appeared not far from Syrian towns of Tell Abyad and Ras-al-Ayn on Wednesday morning. They are preparing to advance. The Turkish side aims to make Syrian armed units withdraw from the border, the interlocutor told the U.S. outlet.

Previously, the Turkish Ministry for National Defense reported that the U.S. and Turkey agreed to create the Centre for Joint Operations against Syria. It is based in Turkey.

Related: Russian Air Force repel drone attack on Khmeymim base in Syria

In August, Turkish leader Recep Tayyip Erdogan claimed that his country would start a new counter-terrorism operation in Syria.

Ankara credits armed Kurdish fighters as members of terrorist organizations.

The ethnic Kurds make a considerable part of Turkey's population (some 20 percent of it).

Related: U.S. announced attack on al-Qaeda in Syrian Idlib

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