The Syrian army deploys towards the border with Turkey


Syrian soldiers have been mobilized towards the country’s northern border with Turkey as a possible Turkish military operation against US-backed Kurdish-led forces in northeast Syria is planned.

“We are deployed east of the Euphrates and on the border parallel to the Turkish border,” said Syrian army captain Ali al-Nasser.

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The Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces are at odds with the Syrian government in Damascus, led by President Bashar al-Assad, but their forces are coordinating in Ain Issa and Kobani.

Russian helicopters also patrol the area.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has said a military operation is still on the table as long as Kurdish fighters pose a threat to the country’s security, following talks with Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi and Russian President Vladimir Putin in Tehran earlier this week.

Turkey and Turkish-backed rebels in northwestern Syria continue to clash intermittently with the Syrian Democratic Forces.

Iran and Russia are Assad’s main supporters.

Iranian, Russian and Syrian government officials have opposed a new Turkish operation in the war-torn northeast of the country.

In May, Erdogan announced plans for a new military operation in Syria to expel the Syrian Democratic Forces, which Ankara says are an extension of the banned Kurdistan Workers’ Party, or PKK.

Ankara intends to create a 30 kilometer (20 mile) safe zone along the border with Syria and allow Syrian refugees to return to Turkey.

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