Turkey be­gins op­er­a­tion with al­lied fight­ers in Syria

Las Vegas Review-Journal (Sunday) - - WORLD -

Turkey’s Pres­i­dent Re­cep Tayyip Er­do­gan said Satur­day that the coun­try has launched a “se­ri­ous” op­er­a­tion in Syria’s north­west­ern Idlib province with Turkey-backed Syr­ian op­po­si­tion forces.

The op­er­a­tion has been ex­pected in the province, where al-Qaida-linked fight­ers en­joy in­flu­ence, after last month’s talks in the Kazakh cap­i­tal of As­tana dur­ing which Turkey, Iran and Rus­sia agreed on set­ting up “a deesca­la­tion zone.”

The op­er­a­tion is aimed at crush­ing alQaida, which has thou­sands of bat­tle­hard­ened fight­ers and en­joys pop­u­lar sup­port in the province, un­like the Is­lamic State group.

Turkey is a backer of Syr­ian op­po­si­tion fight­ers while Iran and Rus­sia back Pres­i­dent Bashar As­sad.

Emilio More­natti The As­so­ci­ated Press

Demon­stra­tors in Barcelona, Spain, raise their hands Satur­day dur­ing a protest in fa­vor of talks amid a po­lit­i­cal cri­sis caused by Cat­alo­nia’s push for se­ces­sion from Spain.

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