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Turkish military shipment arrives at Syrian border

July 31, 2019 at 7:09 am

Turkish Armed Forces’ armoured military vehicles, personnel carriers and tanks are being dispatched from Hatay to support the units at the Syrian’s Idlib border, in Hatay, Turkey on 11 January, 2019 [Erdal Türkoğlu/Anadolu Agency]

Turkey sent military reinforcements to its southern Sanliurfa province late Tuesday, according to Anadolu Agency reporters on the ground.

A 12-vehicle military convoy, including armored vehicles carrying commando units and buses, arrived in the province’s Ceylanpinar district as part of Turkey’s recent military reinforcements along the border with Syria.

Turkey’s leaders have said it might launch a third counter-terror operation into Syria, following two successful ones since 2016.

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The convoy entered the 1st Division Border Company Command accompanied by gendarmerie forces.

In its more than 30-year terror campaign against Turkey, the PKK – listed as a terrorist organization by Turkey, the US and the EU – has been responsible for the deaths of 40,000 people, including women, children, and infants. The YPG is the Syrian branch of the PKK terrorist group.

In 2017, the US, which considers the PKK a terrorist group, helped change the YPG’s name to the SDF in order to dissociate it from the PKK.