October 9, 2019 / 7:43 PM / 14 days ago

Turkish troops start land offensive in northeast Syria: defense ministry

ANKARA (Reuters) - Turkish troops and their Syrian rebel allies entered northeast Syria on Wednesday night, the defense ministry said, starting a land offensive against Kurdish militia fighters.

Earlier on Wednesday Turkish warplanes and artillery pounded Kurdish YPG targets with air strikes and artillery barrages in a cross-border military operation just days after U.S. troops pulled back from the area.

Reporting by Ece Toksabay

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