On Saturday, Kurdish-led forces announced that they had launched a “final push” to eliminate the last Daesh* terrorist pocket in Syria, according to AP.
Speaking to Reuters, Mustafa Bali, the head of the SDF media office, described the campaign as the "last battle" and said that its goal will be to “eliminate the last remnants of the [Daesh] terrorist organisation".
Bali went on to note that over the last 10 days, the SDF had handled the battle "patiently" as residents of villages located near the Daesh enclave near Iraqi border were evacuated. He specified that more than 20,000 had been moved from the villages.
The announcement comes days after the SDF said that it was opposed to the creation of a Turkey-controlled security zone in north-eastern Syria and proposed international monitoring of the area. Turkey’s plan envisages Ankara’s control of the Manbij area and a 30-35-kilometre (18-22 mile) buffer zone in Syria along the Turkish border.
Last year, Erdogan threatened to launch a military operation against the Kurdish-majority Syrian region dominated by YPG militia, which Ankara sees as part of the banned separatist PKK movement. He said that he had postponed military action after a phone call with Trump in mid-December.
*Daesh (aka Islamic state/IS/ISIS) is a terrorist group banned in Russia