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Live Updates: Turkey Continues Op in Syria, Clashing With Kurdish-Led Militia

Clashes between the Kurdish militia and the Turkish forces have been occurring for almost a week, while at least 260 US troops have reportedly left the area. In the meantime, the Syrian military has boosted its presence in the region, recapturing the city of Manbij.

The Turkish military and allied forces continue to press ahead with "Operation Peace Spring" in northern Syria, marking the seventh day of the offensive against the US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), and Daesh* terror group in the area.

Earlier this week, the operation faced severe pushback from the United States, the European Union, and the Arab League.

In response to the military campaign, US President Donald Trump warned he would issue sanctions against the NATO ally, while France and Germany restricted their arms sales to Ankara and convinced other member countries to consider these measures as well.

President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, however, vowed to continue the operation, aimed at securing the area near his country's border and ousting the Kurdish-led SDF, which Ankara considers to be affiliated with the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK), listed in Turkey as a terror group.

* Daesh (ISIL/ISIS/IS/Islamic State) is a terrorist organisation banned in Russia and many other countries.

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"I don’t have this kind of information but… if you take all prisons in the northeast that are holding IS [Daesh] men — some 12,000 of them — as well as their family members, wives and so on, it is an even more impressive figure", Russian Special Envoy for Syria Alexander Lavrentyev told reporters.

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"Certainly. Nevertheless, there is such hope - that the American troops will leave [Syria]. What our president was talking about is that the troops of all states that are there illegally should be withdrawn", Lavrentyev said.

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"No way", parliament speaker Mustafa Sentop said when asked about the possibility of cancelling Operation Peace Spring.

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"The total number of PKK/PYD-YPG terrorists who have been neutralised during the Peace Spring Operation is 595", the Turkish Ministry of National Defence said on Twitter.

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