Turkey vows to press ahead with attack on Kurdish-led forces in Syria

As Kurds claim border is already being shelled, US appears to backtrack but Ankara says it will not be ‘controlled by threats’

Turkey has signalled its intent to press ahead with an attack on US-backed Kurdish-led forces in north-east Syria despite confusion over US policy after officials appeared to backtrack on Donald Trump’s decision to withdraw troops from the area.

The vice-president, Fuat Oktay, said Turkey would execute its own plans regarding national security and would not be “controlled by threats”.

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