Strengthening the military contingent on the border with Syria may be associated with the upcoming operation to clear the territory east of the Euphrates from the self-defense forces of the Syrian Kurds.
Turkey sent additional troops and equipment to the border with Syria. The Turkish TV channel TRT reported on Sunday, October 6. So, in the Akçakale district sent 10 trucks loaded with armored vehicles and a bus with soldiers.
Earlier, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan announced the completion of preparations for a military operation in the Syrian territory east of the Euphrates River. It can begin in the coming hours. The purpose of the operation is to clear the territory of the self-defense forces of the Syrian Kurds (YPG group), which Ankara considers an ally of the banned Kurdistan Workers’ Party in Turkey.
Differences between the US and Turkey on the operation in Syria
Talks between the US and Turkey on the creation of a buffer zone in Northern Syria have been underway since August. The parties announced the launch of the joint operations coordination center. Erdogan warned the US against delaying the formation of the zone, in which case Turkey is ready to start the operation on its own. Washington supports the YPG as its allies in the fight against Islamic State militants.
If Turkey’s offensive takes place, it will be the country’s third military operation in Syria in recent years. In Damascus, these plans were called a violation of international law. Foreign Minister Walid Muallem said that foreign forces operating in Syria without the permission of the official authorities should be immediately withdrawn.