Turkish Army Said to Be Deployed Near Kurdish-Held City of Afrin

StoryfulNewsPublished: October 25, 2017
Published: October 25, 2017

Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan said on October 24 that Turkish military operations in Idlib were “largely completed,” though his forces may next move to the Kurdish-held city of Afrin,according to local sources. This video was shared by a Syrian activist group and is described as showing Turkish military forces being deployed at Simeon Mountain, which overlooks Afrin in east Aleppo province. In addition to chasing al-Qaeda affiliate Hayat Tahrir al-Sham out of Idlib, Erdogan said Turkish forces would try to hem in Afrin in order to prevent a “terror corridor” emerging across Syria’s border, and to prevent Kurdish access to the Mediterranean. Turkish movement into Afrin could “come suddenly and hit at night,” sources said. Turkish military forces were deployed on the border with Syria on October 11. Syria condemned the presence of Turkish troops on its soil as “blatant aggression,” according to Kurdish news agency Rudaw, and demanded they leave. Credit: YouTube/SMART News Agency via Storyful

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