After US Backing, Turkish Troops Clash with Rebel Forces at Syrian Border

Turkey's Presidential Spokesman İbrahim Kalın

The statement comes a day after President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Turkish Army forces were preparing to join the efforts spearheaded by the Free Syrian Army to drive Islamists out of the area.

"We will never allow a terror corridor along our Syrian border", Erdogan said.

Earlier in the day, Erdogan announced to launch a "serious operation" in Syria's Idlib, while Turkey and Russian Federation jointly plan to set up "de-escalation" zones in Syria.

"Today there's a serious operation in Idlib and it will continue, because we have to extend a hand to our brothers in Idlib and to our brothers who arrived in Idlib", Erdogan said.

The tension came a day after Turkey's president announced that his country has launched a "serious" operation in Syria's northwestern Idlib province with Turkey-backed Syrian opposition forces, following worldwide efforts for de-escalation in the war-torn country.

Idlib is mainly controlled by the jihadist group Hayat Tahrir al-Sham (HTS), an alliance led by a former branch of al-Qaeda, and has seen a big influx of civilians from other war-torn regions.

The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights monitor said Turkish army cranes had begun removing sections of the security wall Turkey has built on the border in preparation for an incursion.

Shocker: 49ers Alone Account for 30 of 52 Players Who Protested Sunday
Rashard Robinson almost picked off the pass, but Armstrong was able to make a diving catch for the takeaway. San Francisco is definitely an improved team from 2016, even if it isn't showing up in the win column yet.

The campaign against HTS has been the subject of weeks of speculation, and is linked to plans to implement a so-called "de-escalation zone" in Idlib province and surrounding areas.

Turkish media reports that a convoy of at least 12 vehicles, carrying 12 tanks and two bulldozers, was heading for the Cilvegozu crossing across Syria's Bab al-Hawa border gate.

"Since we do not allow any operations against our own country, we will also not allow any operations against the territorial integrity of our neighbors", he said.

On Saturday, the USA said it backed Turkish plans to intervene in northern Syria.

On its website, it said the Turkish army had fired artillery in support of the allied Syrian rebels.

Meanwhile, a series of airstrikes by Russian jets in the past 24 hours had killed about 120 Islamic State fighters and 60 foreign mercenaries in Syria, the defence ministry in Moscow said on Saturday.

The FSA units are expected to cross from Turkey into Syria late Saturday, a commander from one of the participating rebel groups told CNN.

Related News:



Most liked

Rest of missing journalist's body found
Wall disappeared after meeting Peter Madsen , a Danish amateur space rocket and submarine builder, for an interview on August 10. He then changed his story and said that she died in an accident, hitting his head on the door, and he was "buried at sea".

Opec feels glow of slow-burning oil prices plan
By 4:40pm EST, WTI was trading down a bit after the data, at $50.38 with Brent Crude trading at $55.91. Total volume traded was about 21% below the 100-day average.

ATP Beijing: Rafa Nadal takes down Karen Khachanov
The 16-time Grand Slam champion Nadal saw off the young Russian Karen Khachanov 6-3, 6-3 to set up a clash with Isner in Beijing . Open quarterfinalist continued his good run to end the season by beating seventh-seed Tomas Berdych 1-6, 6-4, 6-1.

Senate Intelligence Committee Interim Report: Russians Interfered in 2016 Elections
Facebook said Wednesday that it had accepted invitations from both committees. He warned that the media has only gotten "glimpses" into their investigation.

NBA changes 2018 All-Star Game format, eliminates traditional East vs. West
The two players with the highest amount of fan votes from each conference receive the right to captain their respective squad. When you realize the interpersonal dynamics at play between certain All-Stars, suddenly there's much more drama involved.

Louis Weather Conditions and Forecast, October 3 am
Thursday , there is a 70 percent chance of storms before 1 p.m., with more rain and storms after 1 p.m., the weather service said. Highs are still expected to make it to the low/ mid-80 with winds from the south/ southeast at 10-15 miles per hour .

IPhone 8 Plus bursts open during charging, Apple launches probe
According to Quartz , Apple is looking into the reports that their iPhone 8s are falling apart, or rather blowing up. The incident occurred after five days of ownership, and the device was returned to the original carrier afterward.

Former Equifax CEO Apologizes for Massive Data Breach
Security experts have said that the ripple effects will be felt for years to come and that the ultimate costs are hard to discern. But despite numerous internal discussions, Equifax did not publicly announce the breach until September 7.

Trump dismisses 'ingrates' over Puerto Rico
The White House has said more than 10,000 federal workers have been sent to the US territory to aid the recovery. Thank you to the Governor of P.R. and to all of those working so closely with our First Responders.

Air France A380 makes emergency landing with damaged engine
Air France is facing a daunting technical challenge to fix an extensively damaged A380 at one of Canada's most remote airports. According to Flight Fleets Analyzer, F-HPJE was delivered to Air France in May 2010 and is equipped with a total of 516 seats.

OJ Simpson released from prison after nine years
The 70-year-old former USC and Buffalo Bills football star left the Lovelock Correctional Center northeast of Reno at 12:08 a.m. Tom Scotto, a Simpson friend who lives in Florida, told AP by text message that he was with Simpson after his release.

AFL grand final: Richmond beat Adelaide in remarkable turnaround
The emotion spilled over in forward Jack Riewoldt's on-field interview with Richmond legend Matthew Richardson on Channel 7 . Instead, Richmond kicked the opening two goals of the last quarter and it was time to party.

Rogic & Celtic secure vital Champions League win
It is assumed that the tie offers Celtic , who lost 5-0 at home to PSG in their first Champions League fixture, the best chance to pick up points.

Trump Insinuates Jerry Jones Told Him All Cowboys Done Kneeling
What have the owners said? "He was complimentary, which doesn't mean that in any way we acquiesce d to what he was implying". Jones is a former star player for the Dallas Cowboys , and he says he's proud to see so many teams rallying together.

Former Fox News host Meghan McCain to join ABC's 'The View'
Meghan McCain has officially signed onto "The View" as a regular co-host, Variety has learned exclusively. Over the years, " The View " has played a game of musical chairs with its co-hosts.