Turkey is tonight sending more ground troops to its border, to continue its military offensive in northern Syria. They aim to defeat Kurdish forces, whom they regard as terrorists, and to create a buffer zone to resettle millions of Syrian refugees presently in Turkey. The conflict erupted after Donald Trump withdrew US forces, creating a vacuum in Kurdish-controlled areas – into which Turkey stepped. Today, Syrian government forces – supported by Russia – continued to move to areas once occupied by the Kurds, whom they’ve now agreed to support. President Trump’s action has been widely condemned for altering the balance of power in the region. Tomorrow, US Vice-President Mike Pence will travel to Turkey for talks.
Reeta Chakrabarti presents the BBC News at Ten and hears from the BBC’s North America Editor Jon Sopel.
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