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>> Turkey's President Tayyip Erdogan has been warning of an attack, an imminent possible attack by Turkish forces against a Kurdish enclave of Afrin, here down on the Turkish border with Syria. I'm Dominic Evans, Reuters bureau chief in Turkey. Turkey's looking at launching an operation against a Turkish enclave, the Afrin enclave, over my shoulder behind me.
There have been artillery attacks, howitzer launches, for several days. President Tayyip Erdoğan has said that a military operation could take place at any time. Afrin is one area that is controlled by the Kurds in Syria. It's actually a relatively small pocket to the East of here, is a much large Kurdish area.
That is controlled by Kurdish fighters, supported by the United States, who carried out the brunt of the fighting against Islamic State. Now Turkey is particularly concerned that since the defeat of Islamic state, it hoped the United States would stop its support of Kurdish fighters there, but in the last few days the US led coalition said it will stay.
It will train Kurdish fighters to be part of a border force on the Syrian border with Turkey. That has infuriated President Erdogan, he has said Turkey will strangle that force before it can even come into creation. There are now around 2,000 American troops inside Syria who are helping to train the Syrian Kurdish forces.
If an all-out offensive starts between Turkey and those Kurdish forces, American troops could be caught in the middle.