Turkey sent on Wednesday military reinforcements to the north of Syria, preparing for an operation in the Kurdish-controlled city of Afrin, a well-informed source in the Turkish government told Sputnik.
On Monday, Turkish Deputy Prime Minister Bekir Bozdag did not confirm or deny Turkey's intention to conduct an operation in the Syrian city.
"The Turkish army has sent military reinforcements to Syria today, on Wednesday. The reinforcements that were sent to Syria arrive in the framework of the military operation planned by the Turkish army in the city of Afrin," the source said, adding that the Turkish authorities took a "firm decision" on the operation.
Afrin, located in the northwest of Syria on the border with Turkey, is part of the Syrian Kurdish region commonly known as Rojava. Turkey considers the Kurdish People's Protection Units (YPG) controlling Afrin a terrorist organization linked to the armed Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) banned in the country.