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Turkey renames US Embassy street after Syrian offensive

US authorities said it is up to Turkish authorities to decide on street names.

Turkish authorities have renamed the street where the US Embassy is situated after Turkey’s military offensive in Syria.

Ankara municipal workers have taken down the sign for Nevzat Tandogan Street and replaced it with one that reads: Olive Branch Street.

Turkey launched Operation Olive Branch last month to drive a Syrian Kurdish militia out of north-west Syria. The militia group is a major US ally in fighting Islamic State. Turkey regards them as terrorists.

The US state department said that it is up to Turkish authorities to decide on street names.

In November, Turkey renamed the street where the United Arab Emirates has its embassy after a long-dead Ottoman military commander following a disputed tweet.

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