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Syria: France, Germany, U.K. Call for U.N. Security Council Meeting Over Turkish Offensive

1 MIN READOct 9, 2019 | 15:31 GMT

What Happened: France, Germany and the United Kingdom have called for a U.N. Security Council meeting to discuss Turkey's offensive in northeastern Syria, Reuters reported Oct. 9. The three countries are also reportedly finalizing a joint statement to condemn the incursion.

Why It Matters: International criticism against Turkey's incursion in Syria continues to grow and could result in sanctions by the U.N. Security Council. Several U.S. officials have also condemned Ankara's move and said they would support penalties against Turkey.

Background: Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan announced on Oct. 9 that his country would begin an operation in northern Syria after the United States said earlier this week that it would withdraw its forces from the area.

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