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Live Updates: Turkish Air Forces Reportedly Strike Kurdish SDF Base in Syria's Hasakah Province

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan announced on 5 October that Ankara could launch a military operation in neighbouring Syria, east of the Euphrates River, in the coming days in order to clear the border area of Kurdish militants and create a security zone, as well as accommodate Syrian refugees.

On Monday, Turkish combat aircraft performed an airstrike against a Kurdish SDF base in Syria's Hasakah province, according to the al-Ikhbariya broadcaster.

Earlier, Erdogan stressed that a security zone is needed in order to counter "terror threats" coming from the Kurdish PKK party and Syrian Kurdish YPG forces, adding that it would allow for the return of Syrian refugees.

Meanwhile, Washington has started to withdraw its troops from the area. The White House said it would not "support or be involved in" Turkey's operation.

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21:51 GMT 07.10.2019

Spokesman for the Turkish Foreign Ministry Hami Aksoy said in a statement on Monday that "Turkey is determined to implement the safe zone in order to protect its own survival and security by clearing the east of the Euphrates from terrorists, as well as to ensure peace, peace, and stability of Syria".

20:00 GMT 07.10.2019

According to Kurdish news agency Rudaw, the US convoy, consisting of 70 trucks, was spotted crossing the Samalka checkpoint at the Iraqi-Syrian border. The media report claims that the convoy carried SUVs and concrete blocks.

19:57 GMT 07.10.2019

A journalist from Walla News tweeted photos which appear to show Turkish heavy weapons and military equipment being transported to the Syrian border.

19:49 GMT 07.10.2019

According to Syria's Sham FM broadcaster, two bridges were destroyed in Turkish airstrikes at the Syrian-Iraqi checkpoint.

"Turkish airstrikes against the Samalka checkpoint on the border with Iraq led to the destruction of two bridges at the crossing located in the northeast of Hasakah province", the radio station said in a broadcast.

The Samalka checkpoint is reportedly controlled by the Arab-Kurdish units of the SDF.

19:48 GMT 07.10.2019
19:39 GMT 07.10.2019

According to the al-Ikhbariya broadcaster, Turkish jets attacked the headquarters of the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) in Hasakah province.

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