Erdogan Says Operation In Syria Has Started

Associated Press
October 09, 2019 - 9:35 am

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WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest developments following President Donald Trump's decision to abandon Syrian Kurdish fighters ahead of an expected Turkish offensive into northeastern Syria.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has announced that a Turkish military operation into Syria has started.

Erdogan said on his official Twitter account Wednesday that the operation, named "Peace Spring," has begun. He said the operation aims to eradicate "the threat of terror" against Turkey.

Earlier, Turkish television reports said Turkish jets had bombed Syrian Kurdish positions across the border from Turkey.

Turkey had long threatened an attack on the Kurdish fighters whom Ankara considers to terrorists and an extention of

Trump agreed to withdraw US troops from Syria and hand control to Turkey

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