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Syrian Army Sends Troops to Confront Turkish Offensive

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Sun, 13 Oct 2019 19:34 GMT

The Syrian national army has sent troops to confront Turkey in northeastern Syria, AFP reported on Sunday October 13th.

"The Syrian army units will move north to confront Turkish aggression on our territory," reported the state news agency SANA without giving further details.

This development follows negotiations between the Kurdish officials and the Syrian government at Russia's Hmeimim airbase in Latakia, according to a Kurdish official.

"All the options to face the Turkish offensive have been discussed during the meeting", Ahmed Suleiman, a senior member of the Kurdish Democratic Progressive Party in Syria said.

The United States announced that it would withdraw its troops from northeastern Syria over fears of a widening conflict.

"In the last 24 hours, we learned that the Turks likely intend to extend their attack further south than originally planned, and to the west", US Secretary of Defence Mark Esper said.

"We also have learned that the Syrian Defence Forces (SDF) are looking to cut a deal with the Syrians and the Russians to counterattack against the Turks in the north", Esper added.

US troops came under fire in Syria on Friday October 11th. Asked if he thought Turkey, a Nato ally, would attack US soldiers in Syria, Esper said, "I don't know whether they would or wouldn't".


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