Turkey Launches Second Offensive in Kurdish-controlled Syria

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TURKEY has launched a second offensive in Kurdish-controlled areas in Syria.

Turkey said it has seized a number of designated targets and killed dozens of Kurdish militants, according to the BBC.

Tens of thousands of people are reported to be fleeing their homes, and Kurds report several civilian deaths.

The BBC stated that Turkey said it wants to create a “safe zone” cleared of Kurdish militias which will also house some of the millions of Syrian refugees it hosts.

The long-planned Turkish offensive began after President Donald Trump withdrew US troops from the area, which has been held by the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF).

The SDF have been key US allies in the battle against the Islamic State (IS) group but Turkey regards their dominant Kurdish militias as terrorists, the BBC stated.

 

 

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