BEIRUT, LEBANON (2:45 P.M.) – Nearly 80,000 soldiers from the Turkish Armed Forces are preparing to take part in Turkey’s largest cross-border invasion since their intervention in Cyprus in 1974, the Yeni Safak publication reported on Monday.

“Close to 80,000 soldiers of the Turkish Armed Forces (TAF) are ready to take part in the biggest cross-border operation in the country’s modern history in Syria’s Manbij and east of the Euphrates regions since the successful Turkish deployment in Cyprus back in 1974, the publication stated.

According to the article, the Turkish military operation will begin in Turkey’s southern provinces of Saniurfa and Kilis and it will concentrate on the eastern Euphrates.

“The deployment will begin along a 500-kilometer-long front from ten different locations, 10 kilometers deep into the border, with the aim of clearing an area of 30,000 square kilometers from terror organizations and put an end to the attempt to form a terror corridor established on Turkey’s southern borders,” they added.

U.S. President Donald Trump has warned Turkey against attacking the Kurds, claiming that there are grave economic consequences if they carry out the operation.

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