BEIRUT, LEBANON (6:00 P.M.) – Not long after his announcement of a military campaign in northern Iraq, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan stated that his forces will target the YPG-held town of Tal Rifa’at in northern Aleppo.
The operation will likely be led by the Turkish-backed rebels that previously participated in Operation Olive Branch to capture the Afrin region.
Similar to the Afrin operation, the Russian military will likely pull out of Tal Rifa’at prior to the Turkish assault on the town.
Erdogan has repeatedly called on Russia to force the YPG to leave Tal Rifa’at; however, the latter refuses to abandon the town.
No date has been set for this upcoming operation.