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Canada Canada condemns Turkish military incursion in northern Syria as destabilizing

01:25  10 october  2019
01:25  10 october  2019 Source:   msn.com

US to step aside for Turkish assault on Kurds in Syria

  US to step aside for Turkish assault on Kurds in Syria US to step aside for Turkish assault on Kurds in SyriaTurkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has threatened for months to launch the military operation across the border. He views the Kurdish forces as a threat to his country. Republicans and Democrats have warned that allowing the Turkish attack could lead to a massacre of the Kurds and send a troubling message to American allies across the globe.

Turkey launched a long-threatened military operation in northeastern Syria Wednesday targeting a He added that the Turkish military , together with Turkish -backed Syrian fighters known as the In Washington, Democratic and Republican lawmakers in a rare act of bipartisanship condemned

Turkish military action, she said, risked "protracted instability in northeast Syria , providing fertile "I count on Turkey to act with restraint and to ensure that any action it may take in northern Syria is He added that Turkey 's incursion also threatens to inflame further conflicts in eastern and northern

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OTTAWA — Canada has joined its major allies on Wednesday in firmly condemning Turkey's military incursion into northern Syria.

Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland made Canada's position clear in a series of late-afternoon tweets, saying the unilateral action by Turkey risks rolling back the progress against Islamic State militants, also known as Daesh.

Turkey's military action is targeting Kurdish forces, and comes after U.S. President Donald Trump abruptly decided Sunday that American troops would stand aside — a radical shift in American foreign policy.

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BREAKING: Iraqi President Barham Salih Condemns Turkish Incursion Into Northern Syria . Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan announced earlier on Wednesday the start of Operation Peace Spring against PKK/YPG and the Daesh in Syria 's north "to neutralize terror threats against

“Allowing Turkey to move into northern Syria is one of the most destabilizing moves we can do in the Middle East,” Representative Ruben Gallego The custody of all these people could be in jeopardy, American officials said Sunday night, depending on whether any Turkish incursion sets off a much

"Canada firmly condemns Turkey's military incursion into Syria today," Freeland said on Twitter.

"This unilateral action risks undermining the stability of an already-fragile region, exacerbating the humanitarian situation and rolling back progress achieved by the Global Coalition Against Daesh, of which Turkey is a member.

"We call for the protection of civilians and on all parties to respect their obligations under international law, including unhindered access for humanitarian aid."

Trump's decision to withdraw from Syria drew widespread condemnation internationally and across party lines within the U.S. because it is widely seen as abandonment of the Syrian Kurdish fighters who have been America's sole allies in Syria fighting the Islamic State group.

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  Trump defends abandoning the Kurds by saying they didn't help the US in WWII When asked whether he felt his treatment of the Kurds sent a poor message to other potential US allies, Trump said, "Alliances are very easy."This came amid reports Turkish ground troops were crossing the border into Syria following airstrikes that began earlier in the day.

He added that the Turkish military , together with Turkish -backed Syrian fighters known as the Syrian National Army, were targeting Kurdish militants and the Turkey has carried out two previous military operations inside Syria to thwart Kurdish ambitions, carving out areas of control in northern Aleppo

The 2008 Turkish incursion into northern Iraq, code-named Operation Sun ( Turkish : Güneş Harekatı) by the Turkish Armed Forces, began on February 21, 2008, when the Turkish Army sent troops into northern Iraq to target the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK).

Trump said he wanted to end American involvement in what he called "these endless, senseless wars."

Tens of millions of Kurds live on land divided among Turkey, Iraq, Iran and Syria, comprising sizable minority populations in each country, and many seek a separate state.

Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan wants to create a "safe zone" free of Kurdish fighters, which it views as terrorists aligned with Kurdish rebels inside Turkey.

"We will preserve Syria's territorial integrity and liberate local communities from terrorists," Erdogan said shortly after the start of what he calls "Operation Peace Spring."

After the Turkish attack began, Trump called it a "bad idea," and Germany and the European Union, among others, have also criticized it.

Trump said he would ensure Turkey lived up to a commitment to protect civilians and religious minorities, including Christians, and to prevent a humanitarian crisis. He also called on Turkey to ensure that captured Islamic fighters remain in custody.

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Turkish military intervention in Syria may refer to: Operation Shah Euphrates (2015) to relocate the Tomb of Suleyman Shah. Operation Euphrates Shield (2016–17)

Analysis: Could Turkey 's military moves destabilise north Syria ? Turkish state broadcaster TRT said the army hit five posts in Ras al-Ain in northeastern Syria near the border with Turkey . Why is Turkey expanding its military operations in northern Syria ? Turkey also wants a "safe zone" on the

German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas condemned the Turkish invasion "in the strongest possible terms" and called for its peaceful ending.

European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker also called on Turkey to end the operation, and said that "if the Turkish plan involves the creation of a so-called safe zone, don't expect the European Union to pay for any of it."

Turkey is a member of the NATO alliance, along with Canada, the United States and many European countries, but it is not a member of the European Union.

"Trump's craven and ill-advised retreat in Syria is a betrayal of our Syrian Kurdish partners, will instigate further fighting, embolden a still-not-defeated ISIS, and reward our adversaries — Russia, Iran and the Assad government (in Syria). It will also do considerable harm to America's credibility as the global leader," said Nicholas Burns, a former undersecretary of state for political affairs for ex-president George W. Bush.

Canadian Forces troops used to train Kurdish security forces in neighbouring Iraq, but have since shifted focus to leading the NATO training mission for Iraqi state security forces, a commitment that extends to 2021.

Canadian special forces worked in close contact with Kurdish fighters, known as the peshmerga, for more than three years to stop the advance of the Islamic State across northern Iraq.

But the 2017 decision by Kurdish political leaders to hold an independence referendum ended up alienating Canada and most of its allies.

"The year 2017 was disastrous for Iraqi Kurdistan," said a report by the International Crisis Group because of the "ill-timed" referendum.

"Not only did they lose control of large swathes of the disputed territories and incur the wrath of just about every important global or regional power except Israel, but they also deepened political polarization in the Kurdish region amid reciprocal cries of betrayal when the curtain came down on the referendum gamble."

This report by The Canadian Press was first published Oct. 9, 2019.

Mike Blanchfield, The Canadian Press

Ottawa halts weapon sales to Turkey after it invades Syria .
The Canadian government has suspended new weapons sales to Turkey as its NATO ally invades northern Syria. Global Affairs Canada confirmed that Ottawa has “temporarily suspended new export permits to Turkey.” Canada joins fellow NATO members Germany and France in pausing military sales to Ankara, as the Turkish army pushes into Kurdish territory in Syria. Airstrikes have already claimed civilian lives, at least one Kurdish politician has been assassinated, and some captured Islamic State fighters may be freed in the melee.

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