- Title: Turkish military convoy moves along Syria border
- Date: 17th October 2019
- Summary: AKCAKALE, TURKEY (OCTOBER 17, 2019) (REUTERS) VARIOUS OF CONVOY OF TURKISH ARMORED MILITARY VEHICLES DRIVING THROUGH THE TURKISH BORDER TOWN OF AKCAKALE ON WAY TO SYRIA BORDER
- Embargoed: 31st October 2019 08:35
- Keywords: Turkey Syria convoy military operation Kurdish militia Syria offensive armored vehicles
- Location: AKCAKALE, TURKEY
- City: AKCAKALE, TURKEY
- Country: Turkey
- Topics: Conflicts/War/Peace,Military Conflicts
- Reuters ID: LVA001B1HIYIV
- Aspect Ratio: 16:9
- Story Text: Turkey further strengthened its military presence along the Syrian border on Thursday (October 17) as part of a cross-border operation against Kurdish YPG militants.
Ankara and its Syrian rebel allies launched a military offensive into Kurdish-held parts of the northeast on October 9, saying it aims to defeat the Kurdish YPG militia which it sees as terrorists for its links to separatists in Turkey.
The Trump administration dispatched its top officials to Turkey on Wednesday (October 16) for emergency talks to try to persuade Ankara to halt an assault on northern Syria, while Russian troops swept into territory abandoned by Washington in a sudden retreat.
But despite the increase in diplomacy, Turkish military continued to amass in strength near the border with Syria. The Turkish advance, and Washington's need to swiftly evacuate its own forces, have brought the two biggest militaries in NATO close to confrontation on the battlefield.
(Production: Dato Chkhikvishvil, Omer Berberoglu)
- Copyright Holder: REUTERS
- Usage Terms/Restrictions: None