Syrian rebels say ready to back Turkish-led operation in northeast

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The rebel official did not set a date for the operation, while another opposition source said preparations were already underway as Turkish army deployment gathered pace along the border in an operation expected to start from both Syrian and Turkish territory.

Turkey has been very frustrated with the United States, which made an agreement with Ankara to implement a safe zone in northern Syria.

The plan suggests Turkey and the U.S. would dismantle YPG fortifications in the area and conduct joint patrols, initially in the middle third of the zone that runs along the Turkish border.

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The assault on the enclave began April 30, displacing more than 400,000 people and killing hundreds. The Russian defense ministry later said three unguided rockets were fired at the base but hit a nearby village instead, injuring four civilians.

In talks with the U.S., Turkey has also pushed the idea of a safe zone in the region, but the countries have yet to reach common ground yet.

Ankara says the People s Protection Units (YPG) militia is a "terrorist offshoot" of Kurdish militants waging an insurgency inside Turkey since 1984.

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Since a year ago, Turkey and USA have been trying to find a solution to Turkish concerns over the presence of the Syrian Kurdish People's Protection Units (YPG) militia in northern Syria.

The presence of the PKK/YPG has been a traditional sticking point for the countries, as the US has supported the terrorist group in fighting Daesh, while Turkey says using one terror group to fight another makes no sense. On Sunday, Erdogan renewed that threat.

The council added that Ankara "is trying to deceive the public" and to get the US and other parties to "participate in the crimes that Turkey is committing against humanity".

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The YPG is the Syrian offshoot of terror group PKK, which has been responsible for the deaths of almost 40,000 people in Turkey, including many women, children and infants, for more than 30 years.

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