Published On: Thu, Oct 10th, 2019

Turkey news: Turkish tanks approach Syrian border – video | World | News

Chilling footage showing Turkish tanks and soldiers at the Syrian border has been released by Russia Today. In the video, which was filmed at night, a tank can be seen with soldiers surrounding it. The soldiers appear to be directing the tank to position it strategically.

There are then shots of more tanks with soldiers inside them, manning the military machines.

The tanks and equipment were being deployed near Akcakale.

Akcakale is an ethnic Arab town in southeastern Turkey.

It is strategically relevant as it is right on the Turkey-Syria border.

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Earlier in the day artillery was stationed behind earth embankments.

Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan said on October 7 that the United States had begun to withdraw its troops from northeastern Syria where Ankara planned to establish a security zone.

President Erdogan has threatened to send 3.6million refugees to the continent if the invasion of Syria is defined as an occupation.

Speaking to the Turkish parliament, Mr Erdogan said Turkish forces had killed 109 “militants” since the operation began on Wednesday.

The European Union was plunged into a massive migration crisis in 2015, and bitter divisions quickly erupted among EU states.

Earlier on Thursday, Turkey’s state-run news agency Anadolu said Turkey-allied Syrian opposition fighters had “cleared of terror” two villages across the border in Syria – meaning there are no more Syrian Kurdish fighters in those areas.

Ankara insists the long-planned operation will protect citizens from a security threat posed by Kurdish fighters, who it views as terrorists.

The military operation is named “Operation Peace Spring” and began ground and air assaults in north-eastern Syria.

The move comes despite Kurdish fighters having fought alongside US troops in a long-fought ground campaign against ISIS in which they lost around 11,000 personnel.

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