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Turkey's military operation in Syria: The latest updates
Ras al-Ain, as seen from the Turkish border town of Ceylanpinar [Murad Sezer/Reuters]
DAILYNEWS Heavy fighting continues as Turkey presses on with its military operation, now in its eighth day, against Kurdish fighters in northeast Syria.
President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said the military action aims to remove the Kurdish-led forces from the border area and create a "safe zone" to which millions of Syrian refugees can be returned.
The move came after the United States announced it was withdrawing its troops from the area, leaving the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), its main ally in the battle against the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL or ISIS) armed group, without US military support.

Wednesday, October 16

Erdogan calls US charges against Turkey's Halkbank 'unlawful'

Turkey's Halkbank said that the US' charges against it amount to an escalation of Washington's sanctions on Ankara over its military action in Syria, while Erdogan called them an "unlawful, ugly" step.
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