The Fiji Times

Turkey steps up strikes


ISTANBUL/BEIRUT - Turkey intensifie­d its air and artillery strikes in northeast Syria on Friday in an offensive against Kurdish militia that has raised the prospect of a humanitari­an disaster and questions about US President Donald Trump’s policy in the region.

The Kurds, who recaptured swathes of northeaste­rn Syria from Islamic State with the backing of the United States, say the Turkish assault could allow the jihadist group to re-emerge as some of its followers were escaping from prisons.

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