Turkey Demands Syrian Army Exit Rebel Areas, Threatens Force

(AP-Military Times) Turkish President Erdogan threatened Wednesday to use force against Syrian government forces if they don't pull back to an earlier cease-fire line in northern Syria by the end of the month. Speaking after direct clashes Monday between Turkish and Syrian troops inside Syria, he said two of the Turkish observation posts set up as part of an agreement reached in 2018 with Russia are now behind Syrian lines. "If the (Assad) regime does not retreat to areas behind the observations posts, Turkey will be forced to take matters into its own hands." Erdogan said he told Russian President Putin on Tuesday that the Syrian forces must retreat.

2020-02-07 00:00:00

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