Turkey begins ground offensive in northeastern Syria

UNITED STATES, WASHINGTON (OBSERVATORY) — Turkey has begun an incursion into northeast Syria.

It is part of a major operation designed to clear the area of Kurdish forces and fighters from the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL or ISIS) armed group.

World powers have condemned Turkey’s move and say it is a humanitarian disaster in the making.

But Ankara says it needs to secure its borders from the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces and create a safe zone for Syrian refugees living in Turkey.


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