November 25, 2019 / 10:33 AM / 12 days ago

Turkey not resuming military operation in northeast Syria: security source

ANKARA (Reuters) - Turkey is fully abiding by the agreements it reached with Russia and the United States regarding northeast Syria and is not resuming its military offensive, a security source said on Monday.

Ankara reached separate agreements with Moscow and Washington last month to remove the Kurdish YPG militia from a swathe of land in northeast Syria bordering Turkey, which in return stopped its military offensive against the militia.

But Ankara has previously said neither Russia nor the United States had kept up their side of the deal, and threatened to launch a new operation. The security source said on Monday that Turkey was responding to attacks by the YPG in the region within the scope of self defence.

Reporting by Ece Toksabay; Writing by Ali Kucukgocmen; Editing by Dominic Evans

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