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Erdogan Says Turkey to Deploy Troops East of Euphrates

Turkish army tanks gather close to the Syrian border in 2018.

Turkish army tanks gather close to the Syrian border in 2018.

Photographer: Bulent Kilic/AFP via Getty Images

Turkey can no longer “stay silent” about the threat posed by U.S.-backed Syrian Kurdish fighters and will deploy troops east of the Euphrates River, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Sunday.

Erdogan said he had informed Washington and Russia of the decision, which came as talks are to continue this week on creating a “safe zone” in Syria -- a move Turkey has called for to avert threats to its border.