Written by Staff Writer
21 Jan, 2018 | 7:47 am
Turkey ramped up security on its border with Syria on yesterday, January 20, deploying more tanks and armoured vehicles in the area as Turkish war planes launched air strikes against a U.S. -backed Kurdish militia in Syria’s Afrin province.
The operation which the Turks have dubbed “Operation Olive Branch” sees Ankara confronting Kurdish fighters allied to the United States at a time when relations between Turkey and Washington – both members of the coalition against Islamic State – appear dangerously close to a breaking point.
The attacks could also complicate Turkey’s push to improve ties with Russia.
Moscow will demand in the United Nations that Turkey halt the military operation, citing a member of the Russian parliament’s security committee.
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