A Turkish special force police officer is pictured during clashes with attackers on August 10, 2015 at the Sultanbeyli district in Istanbul. AFP PHOTO/OZAN KOSE
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Turkey's president vowed to oust Kurdish militants from Afrin, northern Syria, Saturday as Syrian rebels also said they are bracing for such an operation.Speaking in the eastern province of Elazig, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan warned the People's Protection Units, or YPG, that Turkey will intervene if the "terrorists in Afrin do not surrender". His remarks came as Turkey's military shelled Afrin, a Kurdish-controlled enclave along Syria's frontier with Turkey, saying it was responding to harassment by the YPG, according to the Turkish station NTV.While the U.S. military maintains bases in the Kurdish territory in northeast Syria, it is not believed to be present in Afrin.Turkey has already stationed troops and armored vehicles in rebel-held territory on either side of Afrin in northern Syria.Kurdish officials say the Turkish deployment is a cover for operations against them.Erdogan has repeatedly said that Turkey will not allow Kurdish militants to form a "terror corridor" in northern Syria.
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