October 9, 2019 / 8:56 AM / 10 days ago

Turkey's preparations for Syria operation continuing: defense minister/NTV

FILE PHOTO: Turkish Defence Minister Hulusi Akar attends the NATO Defence Ministers meeting in Brussels, Belgium June 27, 2019. REUTERS/Francois Walschaerts

ISTANBUL (Reuters) - Turkey’s preparations and deployments for its planned military offensive in northeastern Syria are continuing, broadcaster NTV cited Defence Minister Hulusi Akar as saying on Wednesday.

Earlier, an aide to President Tayyip Erdogan said Turkish forces and their Syrian rebel allies would cross the Syrian border “shortly” after a withdrawal of U.S. troops made way for the incursion. It was not clear where Akar was speaking.

Reporting by Daren Butler; Editing by Ezgi Erkoyun

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