Turkey’s Erdogan Says Military Operation to Make Big Sweep East Across Syria

(From Reuters)

President Tayyip Erdogan said on Friday Turkish forces would sweep Kurdish fighters from the Syrian border and could push all the way east to the frontier with Iraq — a move which risks a possible confrontation with U.S. forces allied to the Kurds.

A member of Turkey-backed Free Syrian Army police forces secures the road as they escort a convoy near Azaz, Syria January 26, 2018. REUTERS/Umit Bektas

The Turkish offensive in northwest Syria’s Afrin region against the Kurdish YPG militia has opened a new front in the multi-sided Syrian civil war but has strained ties with NATO ally Washington.

Turkey considers the YPG a terrorist group but the militia has played a prominent role in U.S.-led efforts to combat the hardline Islamic State in Syria.

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