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Turkey bolsters Syria border as US force plan slammed

16 January 2018, 11:50:00

Turkey has sent military reinforcements along its border with Syria, according to state media, as Ankara, Damascus and Moscow all attacked a US plan to form a new border security force in the war-torn country's northeast.

Citing military sources, Anadolu Agency reported on Monday that two dozen armoured vehicles had entered Reyhanli district of southeastern Hatay province.

A separate 20-vehicle army convoy, which included tanks, had also arrived in Viransehir district of southeastern Sanliurfa province.

The forces were sent to assist the military units already deployed along the Syrian border, said Anadolu.

The deployments came a day after Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said that a military operation in northern Syria against the city of Afrin – controlled by the Syrian Kurdish People's Protection Units (YPG) – would be launched "in the days ahead".

A senior Syrian Kurdish official said on Sunday that fighting between the YPG and Turkish forces was already under way, while Anadolu reported on Monday that intense smoke was coming out of Afrin's Nesreyieh region.

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