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World Turkey Begins Syria Incursion, Targeting Militia Backed by U.S.

17:16  09 october  2019
17:16  09 october  2019 Source:   msn.com

Turkey launches airstrike after US confirms withdrawal

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BEIRUT, Lebanon — A Syrian militia long backed by the United States mobilized its forces and warned of a “humanitarian catastrophe” on Wednesday as Turkey amassed troops near the countries’ border for an incursion it said would begin “shortly.”.

The operation would sweep away American- backed Kurdish forces near the border in Syria . The White House said U . S . forces “will no longer be in The statement warned that a Turkish incursion could endanger the progress made to establish security in the wake of the battle against the Islamic State.

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Turkey launched a planned military incursion into northeastern Syria on Wednesday aimed at flushing out a Syrian militia backed by the United States, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan wrote on Twitter.

Mr. Erdogan said the operation aimed to “prevent the creation of a terror corridor across our southern border,” but provided no other information about where Turkish forces had entered Syria or how far in they would go.

Syria: Kurds vow to form 'human shields' to fend off looming push

  Syria: Kurds vow to form 'human shields' to fend off looming push Turkey has long warned of operation in the region to set up 'safe zone' to host Syrian refugees and push out enemies.Sitting in "huge tents", people of all ages have begun gathering in the towns of Ras al-Ain, Tal Abyad and Kobane.

Turkish forces, backed by warplanes and artillery, captured high ground and three villages near Afrin, a city controlled by a Kurdish militia that Turkey regards as a terrorist threat. The Turkish incursion , coming over protests from Washington, not only underscores the Trump administration’ s lack of

BEIRUT, Lebanon — The commander of the American- backed militia in Syria said Tuesday that it would attack Turkish forces if they entered northeastern Syria , while “I would expect Turkey to implement a graduated incursion , then go back to negotiation with the U . S . from a stronger position

Earlier Wednesday, a Syrian militia backed by the United States had mobilized its forces and warned of a “humanitarian catastrophe” as Turkey massed troops near the countries’ border for an incursion it said would begin “shortly.”

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Turkey’s planned move to root out Kurdish militants in northeastern Syria, after the United States withdrew its forces from two observation posts near the border, has sparked fierce debates in Washington and could open a dangerous new front in Syria’s eight-year-old war.

New violence between Turkey and the United States-backed Syrian Democratic Forces would pit two United States allies against each other in ethnically tinged battles, leaving Washington in an awkward position.

Australia has 'deep concerns' about Syria

  Australia has 'deep concerns' about Syria Australia has expressed its deep concerns about Turkey's incursion into Syria to the Turkish government and the United States.Australia is worried Turkey's military incursion into Syria will lead to the resurgence of Islamic State.

Turkey ' s long-planned operation targeting the Kurdish YPG militia - which helped U . S .- backed Kurdish-led forces said American troops began pulling back Monday from positions along the border Erdogan didn't elaborate on the planned Turkish incursion but said Turkey was determined to halt

ISTANBUL — The Turkish president is threatening to mount a new incursion into northern Syria , accusing the United States of failing to tackle the security threats Turkey faces in the region. Turkish commando units were deploying Friday to the border with northeastern Syria

A Turkish tank near the Syrian border on Tuesday, where troops were gathered and howitzers were pointing toward Syria. © Bulent Kilic/Agence France-Presse — Getty Images A Turkish tank near the Syrian border on Tuesday, where troops were gathered and howitzers were pointing toward Syria. Mr. Erdogan has been threatening to send troops into northeastern Syria to uproot the militia, which the United States has partnered with for years to fight the Islamic State, also known as ISIS. Turkey considers the militia a terrorist organization linked to a Kurdish guerrilla movement.

In an op-ed in The Washington Post on Wednesday, Fahrettin Altun, Turkey’s communications director, wrote that Turkish forces, with their Syrian rebel allies, “will cross the Turkish-Syrian border shortly.”

“Turkey has no ambition in northeastern Syria except to neutralize a longstanding threat against Turkish citizens and to liberate the local population from the yoke of armed thugs,” he wrote.

For its part, the Syrian Democratic Forces said the area was “on the edge of possible humanitarian catastrophe” because of the looming Turkish incursion.

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Turkey said on Tuesday it had completed preparations for a military operation in northeast Syria after the United States began pulling back troops, opening the The U . S . move will leave its Kurdish-led partner forces in Syria vulnerable to an incursion by the Turkish Armed Forces (TSK), which brands

Turkish - backed Free Syrian Army fighters on Friday in the Syrian city of Azez, near the Syria - Turkey border.CreditCreditHasan Kirmizitas/European Turkey has made several incursions into Syria . In August 2016, Turkish forces battled the Islamic State for weeks to take control of the northern Syrian

“This attack will spill the blood of thousands of innocent civilians because our border areas are overcrowded,” the group said in a statement.

The Kurdish-led administration that governs the area issued a call for “general mobilization” to fight the Turks.

“We call upon our people, of all ethnic groups, to move toward areas close to the border with Turkey to carry out acts of resistance during this sensitive historical time,” it said.

Early Wednesday, Mr. Trump reiterated his opposition to United States military presence in the Middle East, writing on Twitter that “USA should never have been in Middle East.”

He said that Turkey should take control of captured Islamic State fighters from Europe whose countries had refused to take them back and who were imprisoned in northeast Syria.

“The stupid endless wars, for us, are ending!” Mr. Trump wrote.

Tens of thousands of Islamic State fighters and their families are in prisons and camps overseen by the Syrian Democratic Forces, whose leaders say there have been no discussions with the United States about handing over the facilities.

Who Are the Kurds, and Why Is Turkey Attacking Them in Syria?

  Who Are the Kurds, and Why Is Turkey Attacking Them in Syria? The Turkish invasion of Kurdish-held territory in northern Syria has complicated an already chaotic war. What began eight years ago as a series of nonviolent protests against the Syrian government morphed into an international conflict, between dozens of local factions, the Islamic State and several foreign countries.

Turkish - backed Syrian rebel fighters head to an area near the Syrian - Turkish border Turkey hosts 3.6 million Syrian refugees. The Trump administration official, briefing reporters on a conference call, said 50 U . S . troops in the region that Turkey has targeted would be redeployed elsewhere in Syria

American troops have begun pulling back from positions in northern Syria in line with an order from the White House. Turkey ' s President Recep Tayyip The official expressed skepticism about the ability of Turkey to carry out an invasion of Syria without U . S . help. The last time Turkey considered doing this

A military coalition led by the United States partnered with a Kurdish militia in northeastern Syria beginning in 2015 to fight Islamic State extremists who had seized a territory the size of Britain that spanned the Syrian-Iraqi border.

That militia grew into the Syrian Democratic Forces and eventually took control of the areas liberated from the Islamic State, pushing it from its last foothold in Syria earlier this year.

But the partnership angered Turkey, which considers the militia a part of the Kurdistan Workers’ Party, or P.K.K., a Kurdish guerrilla movement that has been fighting the Turkish state for decades.

In recent days, Turkey has been preparing an incursion, with forces bused to the border and howitzers positioned behind dirt embankments, pointed at Syrian territory.

After a phone call with Mr. Erdogan on Sunday, the White House announced that Turkey would be sending forces into Syria and said the United States would not help or hinder their advance.

On Monday, United States soldiers withdrew from observation posts near the Syrian border towns of Tel Abyad and Ras al Ain, in the area where Turkey is expected to enter.

The commander of the Syrian Democratic Forces, Mazlum Kobani, told The New York Times on Tuesday that his forces would resist any attempt by Turkey to establish a foothold in Syria.

U.S. to Try Diplomacy in Turkey as Russian Forces Swoop Into Syria

  U.S. to Try Diplomacy in Turkey as Russian Forces Swoop Into Syria Russian troops took up a position in Syria between the government’s army and Turkish-backed forces, as Moscow began to fill a void created by departing U.S. troops. President Trump on Tuesday said Secretary of State Mike Pompeo would travel to Turkey with Vice President Mike Pence, who will meet with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Thursday where, the White House said, Mr. Pence will reiterate the administration’s commitment to maintain sanctions on Turkey until a resolution is reached.Congressional leaders from both parties are set to visit the White House on Wednesday afternoon for a meeting with Mr.

U . S .- backed Kurdish-led forces said American troops began pulling back Monday from positions along the border in northeast Syria ahead of an expected Meanwhile, U . S . and Turkish began joint aerial and ground patrols of the area. But Turkey and the U . S . disagreed over the depth of the zone, with

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Turkey does not appear “as of now” to have begun its expected incursion into northern Syria , a senior Trump administration official said on Monday. The official, briefing reporters on a conference call, said 50 American troops in the region that Turkey has targeted would

His forces have been key to the United States effort to defeat the Islamic State in Syria, battles that left them holding more than a quarter of Syrian territory.

Mr. Kobani and a range of current and former United States officials have warned that a new fight with Turkey could pull his forces out of areas where the Islamic State remains a threat, opening a void that could benefit President Bashar al-Assad of Syria and his Russian and Iranian backers, or the jihadists.

Mr. Trump has repeatedly sought to withdraw the roughly 1,000 American troops posted in northeastern Syria as part of his longstanding promise to extricate the United States from what he deems “endless wars.”

But he has faced fierce pushback from others in Washington, including from Republican lawmakers.

On Tuesday, Mr. Trump sought to clarify his position, writing on Twitter that the United States had “in no way abandoned the Kurds,” but that it also had good trade relations with Turkey.

He threatened that “any unforced for unnecessary fighting by Turkey” would be “devastating” to its economy and currency, but without explaining what sort of action would cross the line.

Senator Lindsey Graham, Republican of South Carolina, addressed Turkey on his own Twitter account on Tuesday, warning the country not to go ahead with the operation.

“To the Turkish Government: You do NOT have a green light to enter into northern Syria,” Mr. Graham wrote. “There is massive bipartisan opposition in Congress, which you should see as a red line you should not cross.”

Sen. Mitt Romney raises a troubling theory about Trump and Turkey .
Romney suggested that Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan might have given Trump an ultimatum — and that Trump caved on withdrawing from Syria.But while that line will get a lot of play, there’s something else Romney said that shouldn’t escape notice. He also floated a theory about how Trump arrived at the decision: that he got bullied into it by Turkey and that he backed down.

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