BEIRUT, LEBANON (9:20 P.M.) – The Turkish military has already begun amassing along the Syrian border for their upcoming operation east of the Euphrates.
Turkish military vehicles and soldiers were seen moving towards the cities of Kobane (var. ‘Ayn Al-‘Arab), Tal Al-Abyad, and Manbij after Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan announced that his army’s next operation is set to take place in the coming days.
Turkey deploying more tanks and artillery on the Syrian border with US-backed YPG. Military operation now imminent. Both sides gathered thousands of soldier around Manbij and Tal Abyad and Ayn Al Arab (Kobani). Erdogan said offensive should start in a few days. pic.twitter.com/0PcNEGL9pI
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All three of the aforementioned cities are controlled by the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF); they also have U.S. observation posts near the Turkish border.
Erdogan has expressed his desire to clear the entire eastern region of the Euphrates River Valley, despite the large presence of the U.S. Coalition in the SDF-held areas.
The Turkish President said that the U.S. soldiers will not be targeted during the operation; however, they are currently blocking their path to these SDF-held regions in northern Syria.