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UK News Turkey launches operation against Kurds in northern Syria, Erdogan says

18:55  09 october  2019
18:55  09 october  2019 Source:   france24.com

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Turkey has launched a military operation in northern Syria , President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan and other senior officials have said , as Kurdish fighters “We will preserve Syria ’s territorial integrity and liberate local communities from terrorists. Earlier on Wednesday the Turkish government said Trump

Turkish troops have begun an offensive in northern Syria , which could bring them into direct conflict with Kurdish -led forces allied to the United States. The move was announced by Turkey 's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan . Turkey wants to create a "safe zone" cleared of Kurdish militias which will

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The Turkish operation against Kurdish militants in northern Syria has begun, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said on Wednesday, aiming to eliminate a "terror corridor" along the southern Turkish border. The EU urged Ankara to halt the offensive.

"The Turkish Armed Forces, together with the Syrian National Army (rebel groups backed by Ankara), just launched #OperationPeaceSpring," Erdogan wrote on Twitter in English. He said the offensive targeted Kurdish militants and the Islamic State group in northern Syria.

"Our mission is to prevent the creation of a terror corridor across our southern border, and to bring peace to the area," he wrote, also aiming to enable the return of Syrian refugees in Turkey. "We will preserve Syria's territorial integrity and liberate local communities from terrorists."

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Turkey will launch a new military operation in northern Syria within days, targeting Kurdish militia fighters who are supported by U.S. troops east Ankara and Washington have long been at odds over Syria , where the United States has backed the YPG Kurdish militia in the fight against Islamic State

Kurdish -led forces accuse the US of abandoning them as Turkey prepares to enter northern Syria . The White House also said that Turkey would take over all responsibility for IS fighters captured by Image caption Kurds in north -eastern Syria have been protesting against Mr Erdogan 's plan to set

France and Britain to call a UN Security Council meeting

France has “very strongly” condemned the Turkish operation and said it was calling on a UN Security Council meeting, the French EU minister Amélie de Montchalin announced moments after the start of the offensive.

“France, Germany and the United Kingdom are finishing right now a joint statement which will be extremely clear on the fact that we condemn very strongly what has been reported”, she told the Foreign Affairs committee at the French national assembly. “We are calling the UN Security Council”, she added.

The UN Security Council's president, South African ambassador Jerry Matthews Matjila, appealed to Turkey to "protect civilians" and exercise "maximum restraint" in its military operations in Syria. Matjila, who holds the council presidency for October, expressed hope the council could meet quickly on the situation but stressed it was up to drafters of resolutions on Syria to convene such a session.

Turkey says ground forces have crossed over into northern Syria

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Turkish troops have begun an offensive in northern Syria , which could bring them into direct conflict with Kurdish -led forces allied to the United States. The move was announced by Turkey 's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan . Turkey wants to create a "safe zone" cleared of Kurdish militias which will

The Turkish president, Recep Tayyip Erdoğan , has said that Turkey will launch a military operation against the Kurds in northern Syria within days, in a decision that could signal a shift in Turkish -US relations and have far-reaching consequences for Syria ’s future.

EU calls on Turkey to ‘stop operations’

European Union (EU) chief Jean-Claude Juncker on Wednesday demanded Turkey halt its military operation against Kurdish militants in northern Syria, telling Ankara the bloc would not pay for any so-called "safe zone" that might be created. "I call on Turkey as well as the other actors to act with restraint and to stop operations already as we are speaking under way," Juncker said at the European Parliament.

The EU is paying Turkey €6 billion to help the country cope with almost 4 million Syrian refugees on its territory in exchange for stopping migrants leaving for Europe. But Ankara is seeking more money amid concerns that thousands of Syrians could soon cross its border.

Air strikes targeting ‘civilian areas’ causing ‘huge panic’

This operation has been launched with air strikes and will be supported by artillery and howitzer fire, a Turkish security source told Reuters on Wednesday. He was speaking after explosions rocked the town of Ras al Ain in northeast Syria, on the border with Turkey.

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Turkey considers the militia a terrorist organization linked to a Kurdish guerrilla movement. “ Turkey has no ambition in northeastern Syria except to neutralize a longstanding threat against “To the Turkish Government: You do NOT have a green light to enter into northern Syria ,” Mr. Graham wrote.

Turkey began an expected military operation against Kurdish forces in northeast Syria on Wednesday, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan announced. Erdogan in a tweet said , "The Turkish Armed Forces, together with the Syrian National Army, just launched

A spokesman for the US-backed Kurdish-led force in northern Syria said Turkish warplanes had started targeting "civilian areas" in northern Syria. Mustafa Bali of the Syrian Democratic Forces said the airstrikes had caused "a huge panic among people of the region".

US ambassador summoned

The US ambassador to Ankara was summoned to the foreign ministry on Wednesday to be briefed on Turkey's offensive, broadcaster CNN Turk said, minutes after Ankara launched its cross-border operation.

Moments before the Turkish offensive, Russian President Vladimir Putin urged on his Turkish counterpart President Recep Tayyip Erdogan to "think carefully about the situation so as not to harm overall efforts to resolve the Syrian crisis", the Kremlin said in a statement following a call between the two leaders.

After Ankara launched the operation, a senior Russian lawmaker said that Russia would not get involved in the conflict between Ankara and Damascus, the RIA news agency cited. Russia's military is in Syria for different reasons, RIA quoted Vladimir Dzhabarov, the first deputy chair of the foreign affairs committee in the upper house of parliament, as saying.

Turkey has long been planning military action against Kurdish forces in northern Syria since US troops began vacating the area, due to the Kurdish forces’ ties with the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK), which has fought a bloody insurgency against the Turkish state since 1984.

(FRANCE 24 with AFP, AP and REUTERS)

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