Turkey vows to extend offensive in northwestern Syria

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has vowed to extend the military operation further east of Syria’s northwestern region, prompting fears of confrontation with US-led forces stationed in the area. “We will continue this process until we entirely eliminate this corridor, including in Manbij, Ayn al-Arab, Tal Abyad, Ras al-Ayn and Qamishli,” Erdogan said on Monday. US Army Colonel Rob Manning, the Pentagon spokesman, expressed Washington’s criticism of Turkey’s operation in Afrin region on Monday. Observers say expansion of Turkey’s campaign into other Kurdish-held territories in northwestern Syria would risk confrontation with the US-led troops deployed alongside the Kurdish fighters of the People’s Protection Units (YPG) in the area.

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