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Syria | Turkish Defence Ministry: Turkish Troops Enter Syria


Turkish forces began ground operations in northeastern Syria, entering the country east of the Euphrates River, Turkey's defence ministry said.

The ministry said the Turkish troops were joined by allied Syrian opposition forces.

President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said the offensive, which began with air raids on Tuesday, is aimed at removing Kurdish-led forces from the border area and creating a "safe zone" to which millions of Syrian refugees can be returned.

Turkey sent a diplomatic note to Syria's consulate in Istanbul to inform Damascus about its cross-border operation into northeast Syria, Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said shortly after Ankara launched the offensive.

Speaking to reporters in Algeria, Cavusoglu said Turkey's operation was based on its rights related to international law and added that Ankara had informed all the necessary actors, including the United Nations and NATO.