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Turkey's Erdogan renews threat of another Syria incursion

Erdogan renews threat Turkey could soon launch new incursion into northern Syria, in areas held by US-backed Kurds

Reported by: AP [ Published on: October 12, 2018 15:30 IST ]
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ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — The Turkish president is suggesting that Turkey's military could soon launch a new operation across the border into northern Syria, in zones held by Syrian Kurdish fighters.

Recep Tayyip Erdogan's statement is renewing a threat to expand Turkey's military operations into areas east of the Euphrates River held by U.S.-backed Syrian Kurds.

Ankara considers the Syrian Kurdish militia as terrorist and part of a Kurdish insurgency within Turkey.

Erdogan says: "God willing, very soon ... we will leave the terror nests east of the Euphrates in disarray." He spoke on Friday at a military ceremony honoring Turkish commando soldiers.

Turkey launched incursion into Syria in 2016 and 2018, into areas west of the Euphrates, pushing Islamic State militants as well as Syrian Kurdish fighters from the border area.

Disclaimer: This is unedited, unformatted feed from the Associated Press (AP) wire.

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