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Turkey deploys more troops on Syria border

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With clashes between the Turkish military and Kurdish Peoples’ Protection Units (YPG) militants continuing, Turkey on Friday deployed more troops on the Syrian border, DHA reported.

According to the report, military vehicles carrying guns and rocket launchers moved to the border area of Kilis, across from the Afrin region, controlled by the YPG.

The Turkish Air Forces carried out a number of airstrikes against outlawed Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) targets in Sinjar, Iraq, and Karaçok, Syria. Following the strikes, clashes erupted on the Syrian border between Turkish forces and the YPG.

On Friday, the Turkish military announced that 11 YPG militants had been killed in retaliation for a rocket attack.

Earlier the Turkish military stated that 11 border posts had been subjected to 13 attacks from areas controlled by the YPG, which is considered a terrorist group by Ankara due to its links to the PKK.

In the meantime the US Department of Defense has confirmed news that US special forces are operating along the Syrian-Turkish border in areas under the control of the YPG.

Amid the tension on the Syrian border, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan on Friday met with Prime Minister of the Iraqi Kurdistan Regional Government (IKRG) Nechervan Barzani in İstanbul.

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