Erdogan announces Operation ‘Peace Spring’ against Kurds who fought ISIS has started
Turkish troops along with Assad forces have begun “Operation Peace Spring” against Kurdish positions and ISIS terrorists in northern Syria, Turkey’s dictator Recept Tayyip Erdogan announced on Wednesday.
The move came after the United States announced it was withdrawing its troops from the region, effectively abandoning the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), its main ally in the battle against ISIS terrorists.
Kurdish fighters said that Turkish warplanes struck 50 km deep in Syria. There are casualties.
Syrian Democratic Forces halt counter-ISIS operations amid the Turkish offensive, US and Kurdish sources said.
“Our Turkish Armed Forces with Syrian National Army has started the #OperationPeaceSpring against the PKK/YPG and Daesh terrorist organizations, in northern Syria. Our aim is to wipe out the terror corridor, trying to be implemented in our southern border, and bring peace and security to the region,” Erdoğan tweeted.
“With Operation Peace Spring, we will eliminate the terror threats towards our country. With the SAFE ZONE we will establish, we will provide the return of Syrian refugees to their countries. We will protect the territorial integrity of Syria and save the region’s people from the claws of terror,” Erdoğan added.
Once again, President Trump defended his sudden decision to pull back US troops from northeastern Syria, clearing the way for the Turkish military invasion against Kurdish forces.
“Fighting between various groups that has been going on for hundreds of years. USA should never have been in Middle East. Moved our 50 soldiers out. Turkey MUST take over captured ISIS fighters that Europe refused to have returned. The stupid endless wars, for us, are ending!”, President Trump tweeted.
The SDF, led by the Kurdish People’s Protection Units (YPG), has denounced Washington’s move as a “stab in the back”.
Turkey views the Kurds, who fought alongside American forces to defeat ISIS, as a threat to the country.