Turkey deploys military reinforcements to northern Syria: Syrian Observatory for Human Rights
June 22, Damascus: The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said on Wednesday that Turkey has deployed military reinforcements, including soldiers, vehicles, and equipment to northern Syria over the last 24 hours and headed in the direction of the town of A'zaz, which has been seized by Ankara-backed militants.
Fresh Turkish deployments are aimed to strengthen Turkish forces who plan to launch an offensive against the YPG which Ankara deems as the Syrian branch of the militant Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK), which has been battling to establish an autonomous region inside Turkey since 1984. The regions to the south of the town are currently in the hands of the Kurdish People's Protection Units.
Member of one the militant group said, “Turkish forces are now inside Syria... the forces are huge reinforcements that have been entering since last night,”.
In August 2016, Turkey began military intervention in northern Syria, code-named Operation Euphrates Shield, sending tanks and warplanes across the border. Ankara claimed that its military campaign was aimed at pushing IS from Turkey's border with Syria and stopping the advance of Kurdish forces, who were themselves fighting IS.
Turkey officially ended its military campaign in northern Syria in March 2017 but did not rule out the possibility of yet another act of military intervention inside Syria, which has been gripped by deadly foreign-sponsored militancy since 2011.
The Oslo Times International News Network