Turkey seeks to cut PKK’s Syria-Iraq link before hitting east of Syria

Source:Hurriyet Daily News Date:16Dec2018

Turkey in Syria:  Has it already started


Turkish sources informed (me) that the objective of this attack was to cut the logistic lines of the PKK/YPG from northern Iraq to northern Syria and, therefore, described it as preliminary to the Turkish army’s near operation against the YPG’s presence in the eastern side of the Euphrates River.


EU is against a military campaign:  The European Union’s foreign policy chief on Saturday asked Turkey to forgo any unilateral military action in Syria, where Ankara has threatened a fresh offensive against a US-backed Kurdish militia.


Trump and Erdogan talk on the phone: 

The two leaders spoke after Erdogan warned of a fresh Turkish operation against a Syrian Kurdish militia that risks aggravating already strained relations, as the US not only supports the militia but has troops deployed alongside its fighters.

Trump and Erdogan “agreed to ensure more effective cooperation on the subject of Syria” during a telephone call, a Turkish presidential source said.
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