Turkey boosts troops to cross Syria border ‘shortly’

UNITED STATES, WASHINGTON (OBSERVATORY) — Turkey has boosted its forces on the Syrian border ahead of a long-threatened incursion that could target Kurdish-led forces allied to the US.

Troops would cross into Syria “shortly”, a presidential aide said.

Turkey wants to create a “safe zone” cleared of a Kurdish militia that will also house some of Turkey’s 3.6 million Syrian refugees.

Donald Trump has withdrawn US troops in the area in a controversial decision widely condemned at home and abroad.

He again defended his move on Tuesday, saying the Kurds had not been abandoned, calling them “special”.

The Kurds were key US allies in defeating the jihadist group Islamic State (IS) in Syria.

But Turkey regards the Kurdish militia that dominates the US-allied Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) as a terrorist group. The US pullout was seen as paving the way for an offensive

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