Key highway reached in Syria offensive, Turkish media reports

Key highway reached in Syria offensive, Turkish media reports

Turkey-backed Syrian opposition forces have reached a strategic highway in northeastern Syria as the offensive against Kurdish fighters enters its fourth day, according to reports.

Anadolu news agency said the forces have arrived at the M-4 highway that connects the Syrian towns of Manbij and Qamishli. The road is about 19 miles south of the Turkish border.

Turkey has said it aims to push back Syrian Kurdish People’s Protection Units, or YPG, which it considers terrorists for its links to a decades-long Kurdish insurgency within its own borders.

President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan said on Friday that Turkey will not stop until the YPG, which forms the backbone of the US-backed ground force against the so-called Islamic State, withdraws beyond a 20-mile line from the border.

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