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onsdag 5 juli 2017

What is Behind Turkey's Plan in East Afrin?

What is Behind Turkey's Plan in East Afrin?
Turkey is in discussions with Russia on a possible operation East of Afrin. The real aim is to have direct access to Idlib, before Ankara and Moscow's upcoming joint operation in the city.

Two weeks ago Turkey deployed more troops and trucks to its border with Syria near Afrin and hit the YPG with heavy artillery fire in retaliation for its attacks on Turkish-backed opposition forces.

Russia and Turkey are planning a wide aerial operation on Idlib in order to drive Nusra, an affiliate of Al Qaeda out of the city. There are also Turkey-Backed opposition groups Northwest of Idlib. In the South, it's the borderline with regime forces.

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