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    Turkish soldiers stand in a Turkish army tank driving back to Turkey from the Syrian-Turkish border town of Jarabulus in the Turkish-Syrian border town of Karkamis

    Syrian Military Says Turkish Army's Presence in Syria is Sign of Aggression

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    Turkish Army entering Syria is an act of aggression and the Syrian government forces will take a strong stand against it, the Syrian Army said in a statement on Saturday.

    ALEPPO (Sputnik) — It added that the violation of the sovereignty of the Syrian Arab Republic would only lead to the escalation of the conflict.

    "The presence of the Turkish Army in Syria is unacceptable and a sign of aggression. We will fight, by all means, against them as invaders," the statement said.

    Earlier, the representatives of Kurdish militants in Syria accused the Turkish Army of helping extremists and targeting Kurds' positions, including, most recently, sending 20 tanks to cover extremists' offensive on the city of Tel Rifaat in Aleppo province.

    On August 24, Turkish forces, backed by US-led coalition aircraft, began a military operation also called Euphrates Shield to clear the Syrian border town of Jarabulus and the surrounding area of Daesh, outlawed in Russia and many other countries. As Jarabulus was retaken, the joint forces of Ankara, the coalition and Syrian rebels continued the offensive southwest.

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