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Turkey to rename US Embassy street after Syria offensive

February 12, 2018

Soldiers beneath a large Turkish flag, follow the flag-covered coffin of Ali Akdogan after his funeral prayers in Izmir, Turkey, Sunday, Feb. 11, 2018. Akdogan was one of 12 Turkish soldiers killed Saturday during Turkey's Operation Olive Branch against the Syrian Kurdish militia that started on Jan. 20 with Ankara's cross-border incursion into the enclave of Afrin, Syria.(AP Photo/Emre Tazegul)

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Ankara’s mayor has announced plans to rename a street where the U.S. Embassy is located after the Turkish military offensive in Syria that is deepening tensions between the United States and Turkey.

Mayor Mustafa Tuna said in a tweet on Monday that Nevzat Tandogan Street (nev-ZOT tan-doh-AHN) will be called Olive Branch Street.

Turkey launched Operation Olive Branch last month to drive a Syrian Kurdish militia out of northwest Syria. The militia is a major U.S. ally in fighting the Islamic State group; Turkey has labeled the Syrian Kurds as “terrorists.”

In November, Turkey renamed the street where the United Arab Emirates has its embassy after a long-dead Ottoman military commander. It was a reaction to an Emirati minister’s retweet of a claim that the Turkish president’s “forefathers” pillaged the holy city of Medina.

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