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Erdogan launches ‘Euphrates Shield 2’ in Syria

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Analysis. The Turkish president, despite agreements with Russia and Damascus, is continuing his government’s policy of weakening Syria and blocking the Kurdish ‘terrorists.’

written by Michele Giorgio

Topic Middle East and North Africa

October 9, 2017

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan announced on Saturday the launch of a new military operation in Idlib province, Syria, with air support from Russia. It is a continuation of the “Euphrates Shield” campaign, the Turkish military campaign that went from August 2016 to last March.

Speaking at a meeting of his party, the AKP, the Turkish President explained that the operation aims to “assure the safety of Idlib” and that “other actions could follow.” For now, Turkish soldiers have not set foot yet on Syrian territory. “ELS is currently carrying out the operation and our troops are not there,” Erdogan said, referring to the men of the so-called Syrian Free Army trained and equipped by Ankara for........

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