14 July 2020

Turkey threatens to resume Syria offensive

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Turkey's president has threatened to resume an offensive in north-east Syria unless Kurdish fighters withdraw from the border before a ceasefire ends. reports citing BBC.

Up to 1,300 People's Protection Units (YPG) militia members still had to pull back before 22:00 (19:00 GMT) on Tuesday, Recep Tayyip Erdogan warned.

Turkish troops and allied Syrian rebels attacked on 9 October to set up a 32km (20-mile) deep "safe zone" in Syria.

Mr Erdogan agreed to pause the assault last week at the request of the US.

A US-led multinational coalition relied on the YPG to battle Islamic State (IS) militants in Syria over the past four years, but the Turkish government views it as a terrorist organisation with links to a Kurdish rebel group fighting in Turkey.

The offensive began after President Donald Trump ordered US troops to leave the border area - a decision that was widely criticised by US lawmakers.

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