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Syria: Turkey Begins Ground Offensive Against Kurdish Forces

1 MIN READOct 9, 2019 | 19:51 GMT

What Happened: Turkey has begun its ground offensive into northeastern Syria, the Turkish Defense Ministry announced via Twitter on Oct. 9.

Why It Matters: The announcement marks the next phase in Turkey's military offensive against the Syrian Democratic Forces in northeastern Syria, which was preceded by artillery shelling and airstrikes.

Background: Turkey had long been planning an incursion into northeastern Syria, but hesitated because of U.S. opposition until Washington said that it would withdraw its forces from the region earlier this week.

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