Turkish offensive

Print edition : March 16, 2018

Turkey-backed Free Syrian Army fighters in the Syrian town of Azez near the border with Turkey on January 19. Photo: AP

President Recep Tayyip Erdogan during his visit to the operating base in Hatay on January 25, the sixth day of “Operation Olive Branch”. Photo: AFP PHOTO / TURKISH PRESIDENTIAL PRESS SERVICE

In Afrin on February 18, Syrian Kurds at the funeral of fighters from the People’s Protection Units (YPG) militia and the Women’s Protection Units (YPJ) killed in clashes in the Kurdish enclave in northern Syria on the border with Turkey. Photo: GEORGE OURFALIAN/AFP

The launch of “Operation Olive Branch” by Turkey against the U.S.-backed YPG, which has been fighting for a separate Kurdish state along the Syria-Turkey border, brings Turkey and the U.S. on the verge of a confrontation.
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