The start of the operation of the Turkish Armed Forces in northern Syria is expected this week, according to the newspaper Hurriyet, whose correspondent visited the area of the planned operation.
Earlier, Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan said that the armed forces would launch anti-terrorist operations on the country’s borders, and a decision would be made on this matter soon. According to media reports, the operations will take place in four regions of Syria.
“While the operation is expected to begin this week, activity in the region has increased. Turkish military units are deployed on the front lines in the rural areas of Tel Rifat and Manbij. News from Turkey is awaited to start the operation,” the newspaper writes.
Earlier, the publication reported that during negotiations with Russia, preparations for the planned operation in the Ain Issa area on the northern outskirts of the Syrian city of Raqqa were suspended. According to the publication, Russia did not approve the operation in the Ain Issa region, where the highway (M4) passes, connecting the cities of Hasakah, Raqqa and Deir ez-Zor in the east and Aleppo in the north, and sent new reinforcements to this region.
In the meantime, according to the newspaper, the Turkish Air Force launched targeted strikes on the objects of the banned Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) in Tel Rifat and Manbij in order to prevent mounting attacks. According to the newspaper, the goal is to clear the two districts of militants and “return 500,000 people back to their homes.”
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