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Earlier, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said that Ankara intends to launch a military operation in the north-east of Syria in the coming days. reports Turkey media.

Erdogan said that the operation in northern Syria would continue until the last of the terrorists are cleared. He added that US President Donald Trump had given a positive response to Ankara's operation east of the Euphrates.

Earlier, US intelligence and diplomatic officials have urged the Free Syrian Army (FSA) and National Coalition for Syrian Revolutionary and Opposition Forces (SMDK) not to support the planned Turkish military operation against the Kurdish People's Protection Units (YPG) east of the Euphrates River.

The past several years have seen friction emerge between Turkey and the US due to Ankara's concerns over US support for the YPG, which Turkey views as an affiliate of the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK), blacklisted as a terrorist organisation in Turkey, the US and the EU.

Turkey has been claiming that the YPG's presence near its border hampers its national security.

2018.12.17 / 17:13
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