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    Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan announced on 5 October that Ankara could launch a military operation in neighbouring Syria, east of the Euphrates River, in the coming days in order to clear the border area of Kurdish militants and create a security zone, as well as accommodate Syrian refugees.

    On Monday, Turkish combat aircraft performed an airstrike against a Kurdish SDF base in Syria's Hasakah province, according to the al-Ikhbariya broadcaster.

    Earlier, Erdogan stressed that a security zone is needed in order to counter "terror threats" coming from the Kurdish PKK party and Syrian Kurdish YPG forces, adding that it would allow for the return of Syrian refugees.

    Meanwhile, Washington has started to withdraw its troops from the area. The White House said it would not "support or be involved in" Turkey's operation.

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