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    Turkey Deploys Military Vehicles Convoys Near Syria's Northwestern Border

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    Turkey has deployed six military transport convoys to the Musabeyli area, which is located in the Kilis province that borders Syria's de facto self-governing Kurdish regions, local media reported Tuesday.

    ANKARA (Sputnik) — According to the Anadolu news agency, this has been done to strengthen the positions of the Turkish forces on the border with Syria close to the Syrian city of Afrin, which is controlled by Kurdish People's Protection Units (YPG).

    Earlier in July, Turkish Defense Minister Fikri Isik said that Ankara did not rule out carrying out a military operation in Afrin in the event Turkish security was threatened.

    Afrin is located in the province of Aleppo and belongs to the de facto autonomous region of Rojava, proclaimed by the Kurds in the north of Syria. Turkey has repeatedly bombed the positions of Kurds in northern Syria and considers the Syrian Kurdish associations to be a wing of the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) banned in the country.

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    Kurdish People's Protection Units (YPG), Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK), Syria, Turkey
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