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NATO chief urges restraint from Turkey in Syria operation

NATO chief Jens Stoltenberg on Wednesday urged Turkey to show restraint in its operation against Kurdish forces in Syria, warning that the fight against the Islamic State group should not be put at risk. After NATO member Turkey launched an assault aimed at curbing the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), Stoltenberg acknowledged that Ankara had legitimate security concerns but called for a measured response. NATO has been informed by Turkish authorities about the ongoing operations in Northern Syria. It s important to avoid actions that may further destabilise the region, escalate tensions, and cause more human suffering, Stoltenberg said at a news conference in Rome with Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte, in remarks released by his office. I count on Turkey to act with restraint and to ensure that any action it may take in northern Syria is proportionate and measured. Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan announced the start of Operation Peace Spring , saying it

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