Turkey defies sanction threats; steps up assault on Syria Kurds

War in Syria

Ras al-Ain (Syria) (AFP) – Ankara stepped up its assault on Kurdish-held border towns in northeastern Syria on Saturday, defying mounting threats of international sanctions, even from Washington.

Buoyed by a night of steady advances in the countryside, Turkish troops and their Syrian allies entered the battleground town of Ras al-Ain, sources on both sides said. The Turkish defence ministry hailed its forces’ capture of the first Kurdish-held town of the offensive so far.

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