Turkey sends reinforcements into Syria’s Aleppo
Turkey has sent military reinforcements into northern Syria’s Aleppo, an area under its control, London-based newspaper Asharq al-Awsat reported.
A military convoy headed to a base in Aleppo from where the reinforcements will be deployed to others in the province, Asharq al-Awsat said on Monday.
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan vowed in May to launch an offensive into northern Syria to battle the Kurdish People’s Protection Units (YPG). Turkey says the group is an offshoot of the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK), which has fought for Kurdish autonomy in Turkey since 1984.
The military convoy, which included equipment, ammunition and armoured personnel carriers, entered Syria via the Bab Al-Salamah border crossing, Asharq al-Awsat said. Last month, Turkey sent around 15 military convoys into Aleppo’s countryside, it said.
Turkey, which opposes the establishment of a Kurdish statelet in northern Syria, has carried out three military operations into the region in the last five years. The predominantly Kurdish Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) say that the attacks undermine their efforts to battle Islamic State (ISIS) and pave the way for the group’s resurgence.
The United States cooperates with the SDF in battling ISIS. The YPG is the main fighting force of the SDF and, unlike the PKK, Washington does not recognise it as a terrorist organisation.