December 17, 2018 / 12:29 PM / a month ago

Turkey may start new Syria operation at any moment, Erdogan says

FILE PHOTO - Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan addresses his supporters in Istanbul, Turkey, December 16, 2018. Kayhar Ozer/Presidential Press Office/Handout via REUTERS

ANKARA (Reuters) - Turkey may start a new military operation in Syria at any moment, President Tayyip Erdogan said on Monday, adding that U.S. President Donald Trump had given a positive response to Turkey’s plans for an operation east of the Euphrates.

Erdogan made the comments during a speech in the central province of Konya. Last week he said Turkish forces would launch a new cross-border operation against the Syrian Kurdish YPG militia, considered a terrorist organisation by Ankara, to the east of the Euphrates river in northern Syria.

Reporting by Tuvan Gumrukcu and Ece Toksabay; Editing by David Dolan

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