Fighters from the Kurdish YPG militia on Tuesday captured the town of Tel Rifaat, one of the largest rebel strongholds after Aleppo, in Syria's Idlib province near the Turkish border. The move came despite threats from Ankara that it would launch a military operation within Syria if the Kurds continue to advance.
DEBKAfile's military sources: Turkey is making empty threats and has no intention to launch such an operation. It also has no intention to establish a ground force consisting of troops from Islamic countries to depose Syrian President Bashar Assad, which it has proposed, or to invade Syria.