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The first Turkish troops have crossed into northeastern Syria in preparation for a full-scale offensive to force back Kurdish militants controlling the border area, a Turkish official said, days after President Donald Trump said the U.S. wouldn’t stand in the way.
A small forward group of Turkish forces entered Syria early Wednesday at two points along the frontier, close to the Syrian towns of Tal Abyad and Ras al-Ayn, said the official, who spoke on condition of anonymity.
The article goes on to state the following:
Kurdish-led forces were on high alert and called on fighters to head for the frontier to defend the region against the Turkish offensive that is expected to involve tens of thousands of soldiers backed by tanks and armored personnel carriers from NATO’s second-largest army.
The article noted that the Kurdish YPG militia has been one of America’s closest partners in fighting ISIS is currently holding tens of thousands of jihadist fighters and their families in camps and detention centers in northeastern Syria. The agreement is that Turkey will not become responsible for the detainees. There are fears that they may be allowed to escape and regroup.
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Here’s the latest situation at the Turkish southern border town of Akcakale, Sanliurfa looking into Tal Abyad, Syria.
— Bloomberg TicToc (@tictoc) October 9, 2019
Turkey presents itself as a force capable of taking on ISIS in Syria. These are the guys they’re sending into the battlefield. A fighter from Jaysh al-Sharqiya says: “We will hit military positions of Gods’ enemies, atheists, and those filthy Arab infidels beside them.” pic.twitter.com/lHkOR4Sqtc
— Elizabeth Tsurkov (@Elizrael) October 8, 2019
🎥 The latest from the #Turkey / #Syria border as Turkish troops and artillery take up positions. Despite international calls for Turkey to hold back, a new phase of this bloody regional war could be about to begin. @SkyNews pic.twitter.com/w9kf6JDdC2
— Mark Stone (@Stone_SkyNews) October 8, 2019
— Reuters Top News (@Reuters) October 8, 2019
The Kurdish people in northern Syria took to the streets to say they’ll be massacred and even face genocide after President Trump appeared to give Turkey a green light to invade them.@richardengel has the latest on the president’s controversial decision. pic.twitter.com/cqmRMblbaE
— TODAY (@TODAYshow) October 8, 2019
Turkish military vehicles head to the border with Syria in Sanliurfa province.
Turkey says it is ready for an offensive into northern Syria, while @realDonaldTrump insists the US has not abandoned its Kurdish allies who would be targeted in the assault
— AFP news agency (@AFP) October 9, 2019
Turkish troops have begun crossing into northeastern Syria, where they plan to force back U.S.-allied Kurdish militants https://t.co/bnmUpACVxh
— Bloomberg (@business) October 9, 2019
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