DAMASCUS, Syria, Turkey-backed rebels in northern Syria, on Wednesday, expressed readiness to join Turkey's upcoming operation against Kurdish militia in eastern Syria, a war watchdog said.
Commanders of the Ankara-backed rebels said, they are awaiting orders from the "Turkish brothers," to launch an offensive, which will cover areas between the eastern bank of the Euphrates River and the Iraqi border, in the eastern countryside of Deir al-Zour Province, according to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights.
The Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), its allied groups, such as the People's Protection Units (YPG), and the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK), are all based east of the Euphrates, while the Turkey-backed rebels are located on the western bank of the Euphrates.
The Turkish intention to target the Kurdish militants, which are deemed as terrorists by Ankara, has for long been known, despite the fact that the United States supports the Kurdish groups and even has bases there.
Notably, Washington recently started to patrol the areas between the front lines of both sides, as tension was brewing, when Turkey-backed forces shelled the positions of the Kurdish militias.
Meanwhile, the SDF and allied Kurdish groups have been in intense conflict with the Daesh, in areas held by the extremist group in the eastern Euphrates, and the Turkish shelling pushed the Kurdish fighters to accuse Ankara of hindering the battle against the Daesh.
In his remarks on Wednesday, Turkish President, Recep Tayyip Erdogan said, "Its time to realise our decision to wipe out terror groups in the east of Euphrates."
"We will start the operation to clear the east of the Euphrates of separatist terrorists, in a few days," Erdogan said, referring to territory held by the Kurdish militias.
Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK