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Turkey vows to extend offensive in Syria

by Onize Ohikere
Posted 1/24/18, 10:41 am

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Wednesday said the country’s offensive in the Kurdish-held region of Syria would continue until it eliminates the last “terrorist.” Erdogan renewed his threat to extend the offensive to the eastern city of Manbij, which remains under the control of U.S.-backed Kurdish fighters. “We will clean our region from this trouble completely,” he said. Turkey on Saturday launched its Operation Olive Branch against the northwestern Afrin region.

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Clashes between Turkey, Syrian Kurds intensify

by Onize Ohikere
Posted 1/22/18, 10:29 am

The Syrian Kurdish militia on Monday said it repelled Turkish troops and their Syrian government allies from parts of the Kurdish-controlled Afrin region as the Turkish offensive entered its third day of intense clashes. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said the U.S.-backed Kurdish militia ousted troops from two villages they briefly captured in Afrin. The Kurdish militia, known as the People’s Defense Units, or YPG, said the Turkish-backed forces opened a new front and pushed into two other villages in the district’s north.

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Turkey launches cross-border attacks on Syria

by Onize Ohikere
Posted 1/19/18, 10:39 am

Turkey’s military on Friday began a cross-border shelling operation on Syria’s Kurdish-controlled Afrin region, a move that could spark fighting between the two countries. Turkey had expressed frustration and threatened military action over U.S. plans to support the Kurdish-led force in securing the border between Turkey and Syria. Turkey considers the Kurdish militia a terror group affiliated with other Kurdish rebels who have staged attacks in Turkey.

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