BEIRUT, LEBANON (11:30 A.M.) – The Turkish military has mobilized 14,000 Free Syrian Army (FSA) fighters for the upcoming operation east of the Euphrates, Yeni Safak reported on Thursday.
“The Turkish Armed Forces (TAF) ordered the Free Syrian Army (FSA) three days ago to prepare 14,000 troops for an operation targeting the east of Syria’s Euphrates River,” Yeni Safak stated.
The report said that the Free Syrian Army was ordered prepare their armaments and equipment for this upcoming military operation.
On Wednesday, the Turkish military sent at least 30 armored personnel carriers to the province of Kilis; they were deployed to the Syrian border that is currently controlled by the Kurdish-led People’s Protection Units (YPG).
The main objective of this Turkish military operation in northern Syria is to expel the YPG and Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) from several border towns.
Among the expected targets of this operation are the towns of Manbij, Kobane (var. ‘Ayn Al-‘Arab), and Tal Al-Abyad.