Turkey's Deputy Prime Minister Numan Kurtulmus attends an interview with Reuters in Ankara, Turkey, July 5, 2017. REUTERS/Umit Bektas
Turkey's Deputy Prime Minister Numan Kurtulmus attends an interview with Reuters in Ankara
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Turkish military preparations in northwest Syria are legitimate measures against a threat from Kurdish forces in the Afrin region, and Turkey will retaliate against any hostile move, Deputy Prime Minister Numan Kurtulmus told Reuters on Wednesday.Kurtulmus was responding to the head of the Syrian Kurdish YPG militia, who told Reuters that Turkish military deployments near Kurdish-held areas of northwestern Syria were a declaration of war which could trigger clashes within days. Turkey's military, which launched an incursion last August into part of northern Syria which lies between Afrin and a larger Kurdish-controlled area further east, has said that it has returned fire against members of YPG militia near Afrin several times in the last few weeks.
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