UNITED STATES, WASHINGTON (OBSERVATORY) — Turkey sent additional troops and equipment to the border with Syria in Akchakale County after Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan announced the operation against the Kurdish armed coalition “Democratic Syrian Forces” (SDF), supported by the United States, reported on Sunday by Bloomberg, citing local television.
As noted, the Turkish leader said earlier that Ankara “completed preparations, completed the development of an operation plan”, and that “necessary orders were given”. Erdogan also noted that the military operation in the north of Syria will be carried out using ground and air connections.
The aim of Turkish military intervention is to create a buffer zone to accommodate Syrian refugees in Turkey, and to oust the forces of the Kurdish armed coalition.
Earlier, the representative of the SDF, Mustafa Bali, said that Kurdish formations would begin military operations against Turkish troops in the event of their invasion of the north-eastern regions of Syria.
In August, Asharq Al-Awsat reported that the United States and Turkey had agreed to establish a security zone on the Syrian-Turkish border between Ras al Ain and Tell Abyad. It was assumed that this border territory would be jointly patrolled by American and Turkish military personnel.
According to the Turkish side, hundreds of thousands of Syrian refugees will be able to return to the buffer zone from Turkey.
By agreement with the United States, Kurdish formations began to leave these areas at the end of August. At the same time, the SDF leadership strongly opposed the resettlement of refugees from Turkish territory there. VDS commander Mazlum Kobani said on Friday to Asharq Al-Awsat that Ankara wants to change the demographic composition of the population in northeast Syria. He regarded these plans as “ethnic cleansing.”
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