China ‘to provide aid, enhance military training’ in Syria ….
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Turkish Tanks Cross Border in US Supported Offensive …
Turkish tanks and troops backed by U.S. air support flying out of Turkey’s Incirlik Air Base crossed into Syria on Wednesday with the intent of taking the border town of Jarablus — partly to stop it from falling to U.S.-backed Kurdish militias.
President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said that the cross-border action, called Operation Euphrates Shield, was in response to recent terror attacks claimed by ISIS in Turkey but was also aimed at the Syrian Kurdish PYD, or Democratic Union Party. The military wing of the PYD is the YPG, or People’s Protection Units, which has been the most effective U.S.-backed opposition force in northeastern Syria.
August 16 / Beijing and Damascus have agreed that the Chinese military will provide humanitarian aid to Syria, a high-ranking People’s Liberation Army officer said, adding that the training of Syrian personnel by Chinese instructors has also been discussed.
Director of the Office for International Military Cooperation of China’s Central Military Commission, Guan Youfei, arrived in Damascus on Tuesday for talks with Syrian Defense Minister Fahad Jassim al-Freij, Chinese Xinhua news agency reported.
During the negotiation, Guan noted China’s consistent diplomatic efforts to find a political solution to the Syrian crisis, adding that Beijing is now seeking closer military ties with Damascus.