Turkey reinforces border with Syria as army begins Afrin assault

Turkey reinforces border with Syria as army begins Afrin assault

Turkey reinforces border with Syria as army begins Afrin assault

Written by Nathasha De Alwis

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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