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Canada Ottawa Kurds calling for action as Turkey attacks northern Syria

12:25  12 october  2019
12:25  12 october  2019 Source:   cbc.ca

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Turkey has launched an offensive into north -eastern Syria , unleashing air strikes and artillery barrages aimed at US-backed Kurdish forces who “This morning, Turkey , a Nato member, invaded Syria . The United States does not endorse this attack and has made it clear to Turkey that this operation is a

Turkish forces continued their attack on the Kurds , America’s closest ally in the war on the Islamic As Turkish troops advanced Monday on the Kurdish town of Afrin, in northwest Syria , the White House Ms. Sanders urged Turkey on Monday to use “restraint in its military actions and rhetoric

a man wearing glasses and looking at the camera: Juan Simo, a board member of the Ottawa Kurdish Community Association, has family that has had to flee their homes in northern Syria, where Turkey is conducting airstrikes.© Provided by Canadian Broadcasting Corporation Juan Simo, a board member of the Ottawa Kurdish Community Association, has family that has had to flee their homes in northern Syria, where Turkey is conducting airstrikes. Ottawa's Kurdish community is calling for action to stop the Turkish incursion into northern Syria that they say has put their family members and friends in danger.

Organizations for Kurds in Ottawa are planning a rally Saturday at the U.S. Embassy to protest President Donald Trump's decision to withdraw American forces from the border region, leaving their Kurdish allies behind.

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Turkey v Syria 's Kurds explained. Turkish -backed Syrian rebels from the Free Syrian Army have also been involved in the fighting. In operations against IS, they relied on close coalition air support but in the flat, open country of Syria 's northern border they will be vulnerable to air and artillery attack .

Turkish forces began the offence on Wednesday and have continued their offensive against U.S.-allied Syrian Kurdish fighters. Casualties have continued to climb and thousands of civilians are fleeing the violence.

Juan Simo, a board member of the Ottawa Kurdish Community Association, said he's still worried about his extended family back in northern Syria, who've fled their border city.

"My mind is there, I'm thinking about them a lot. I'm still worried about them," he told Alan Neal, host of CBC's All In A Day, on Friday.

"The danger could reach any moment, because they're not too far from the border."

Simo said he felt helpless, useless and betrayed. He's part of a group organizing a rally to call on the international community and Canada to work together to end the violence.

Canada condemns Turkish military incursion in northern Syria as destabilizing

  Canada condemns Turkish military incursion in northern Syria as destabilizing 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. 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.

The Kurds called on Moscow, a close military ally of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, to facilitate dialogue with Damascus. Turkish state broadcaster TRT said the army hit five posts in Ras al-Ain in northeastern Syria near the border with Turkey . TRT also showed footage of Turkish F-16 jets taking

Turkish -backed members of the Syrian National Army prepare Tuesday for an expected military operation by Turkey into Kurdish areas of northern Syria . Turkey has launched cross-border attacks on PKK bases in northern Iraq since the 1990s.

"We need your help. We need your support to stop any genocide, even before it happens," he said.

Nujin Doustan, a member of the Kurdish Association of Canada and United Youth for Kurdistan, said it has been disturbing to see images of people injured in the rubble.

Earlier this week, Global Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland posted a series of tweets about Canada's position on the conflict, saying Turkey risks rolling back progress made against ISIS-affiliated militants in the region.

Douston said that's not enough.

"Words don't save lives," Douston said. "Unless there's sanctions, unless there's actual physical actions, words are not enough."

The Turkish ambassador to Canada, Kerim Uras, told CBC's Power & Politics on Friday that the operations are targeting ISIS militants to create a buffer zone on the Turkish-Syrian border. He said civilian casualties have been limited compared to other operations in the region.

The groups in Ottawa plan to protest outside the U.S. Embassy on Saturday at 1 p.m. ET.

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