Turkey Races the Clock as Its Ground Forces Enter Syria

Oct 10, 2019 | 19:20 GMT
In this photo taken on Sept. 24, 2019, a Turkish military vehicle participates in a joint patrol with the United States near the Syrian border with Turkey. The joint patrols were aimed at easing tensions between Turkey and U.S.-backed Kurdish forces.

A Turkish military vehicle participates in a joint patrol with the United States in northeastern Syria on Sept. 24 that had been aimed at easing tensions between Turkish and U.S.-backed Kurdish forces. U.S. President Donald Trump withdrew U.S. troops from the area this week, clearing the way for a Turkish incursion.


Turkey's military incursion into northeastern Syria, dubbed Operation Peace Spring, entered its land phase Oct. 9. The offensive's first few days will be particularly important. The Turks may have almost all the military advantages in this fight, but Ankara can't afford for its forces to get bogged down and will attempt to seize its objectives as quickly as possible....

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