The Turkish government dismissed three mayors belonging to the HDP who are accused of maintaining connections with the PKK terrorist organisation.
Some 130 teams of police, gendarmerie, and village guards are taking part in the counter-terrorism operation launched in eastern Van and southeastern Hakkari and Sirnak provinces on Sunday.
Turkey's defence chief, high-level commanders visit Sanliurfa to inspect troops preparing to set up joint operations centre.
PKK terrorist Ahmet Boyraz was killed in Turkey's eastern Erzincan province this week.
“Turkey won't allow US to stall the process for the operation in east of Euphrates like they did in Manbij,” says Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu.
After three days of talks in Ankara, Turkey's Defence Ministry says that the two countries agreed to establish a joint operation centre to coordinate and manage the planned safe zone in northern Syria.
The US may have to go back to the drawing board for its Syria policy if it forces Turkey into another operation in Syria.
“We’II move the process which we started with the Euphrates Shield and Olive Branch operations [in northern Syria] forward to a different phase very soon,” Turkey's President Erdogan says.
Air strikes were carried out in the Metina and Gara regions as part of the ongoing Operation Claw, says Turkey's Ministry of National Defence.
Arrested earlier this week in Turkey's northwestern province of Bursa, the terrorist, referred to only as "MS", had been running the PKK terror group's activities in Europe from Norway, a security source said.
PKK terrorist linked to deadly 2016 Ankara bombing was caught in southeast Turkey, officials say.
Antonio Guterres says all parties need to come to an agreement in order to avoid new forms of confrontation that might emerge in northeastern Syria.
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