Nearly ten days after Turkish military operations began in northern Syria, and three days after the ceasefire was announced, the Syrian Democratic Forces, the most important of which were Kurdish militia People’s Defense Units (YPG), announced their withdrawal in accordance with the ceasefire. They have accomplished their task, they said. A spokesman for the Syrian Democratic Forces wrote on Twitter, “we no longer have a fighter in the city.”
US Vice President Mike Pence said Washington and Ankara have agreed on a 120 hour suspension of Turkish attacks in northeastern Syria. This is necessary to enable the Kurdish militia to leave border areas within five days, and with the assistance of the Americans. Turkey has identified this area as a “safe zone.”
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has unequivocally rejected all US calls for an end to military operations in northern Syria. Instead, the Turkish army has continued bombing Syrian border posts. Forces affiliated with the Syrian army are stationed in the border. Despite the US’ calls for a ceasefire, and sanctions on its ministers, President Erdogan has said he will continue his military operations in northern and eastern Syria. Meanwhile, the Syrian army is said to have been entrusted with Russian support.
US President Donald Trump, on Monday, announced the imposition of economic sanctions against Turkey for starting military operations in northern Syria. The Turkish invasion has already killed 80 civilians and displaced 160,000 residents. The operation began shortly after the withdrawal of the US military from the region last week.
Russian military officials are voicing concerns over the humanitarian crisis in Syria due to Turkish involvement. Turkey started an operation against the Kurds on October 9, 2019 under the guise of “counterterrorism.” The Kurdish population of Syria is that country’s largest ethnic minority, comprising between 7% and 10% of the population. Kurds are one of the indigenous peoples of the Mesopotamian plains and the highlands in what is now south-eastern Turkey, north-eastern Syria, northern Iraq, north-western Iran and south-western Armenia.
Syrian troops were dispatched to the border with Turkey Monday, just hours after Kurdish militias, which were allies of the United States, announced an agreement with the Bashar al-Assad regime to help them counter the Turkish offensive in northeastern Syria. Turkey’s invasion began after the withdrawal of American troops from the region.
In reaction to the Turkish offensive in Syria, both France and Germany have decided to immediately halt the selling any military equipment that Ankara may use in its ongoing invasion. Notably, Turkey is the largest buyer of German weapons.
The Kurds, who have faced Turkish attacks in northern Syria, are calling on Americans to assume their moral obligation to help them. They accuse the United States of leaving them alone, despite promises to provide them security. The Kurds, in a statement, also called on the United States to close the area’s airspace for Turkish planes. Meanwhile, France has suspended arms exports to its NATO ally because of Turkish military action.
Despite the deaths of dozens, including civilians, and the displacement of about 100,000 people from border towns in northern Syria, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan insists on continuing his military campaign, “Operation Spring Peace,” against Kurdish fighters. Erdogan said he would continue this “battle until all terrorists go south 32 kilometers away from our border.”
US President Donald Trump says there are three options to resolve the crisis between Turkey and the Kurds in northeastern Syria, and talked Thursday on the importance of the option of “US mediation” between Ankara and the Kurds. Turkey launched a military attack in northern Syria this week, however, Washington confirmed that at this stage, Turkey did not cross the red line.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu made his first statement regarding the US withdrawal from Syria, strongly condemning the Turkish military action and offering humanitarian assistance to the Kurds. He stated “Israel condemns the Turkish invasion of Kurdish areas in Syria and warns against the ethnic cleansing of the Kurds by Turkey and its proxies. Israel is prepared to extend humanitarian assistance to the gallant Kurdish people.”
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has threatened to send the millions of Syrian refugees in Turkey to Europe if the EU continues showing opposition to the ongoing Turkey’s military offensive in Syria. “Hey EU, wake up. I say it again: if you try to frame our operation there as an invasion, our task is simple: we will open the doors and send 3.6 million migrants to you,” he said in a speech to MPs from his AKP party.
As soon as Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan announced the start of the military operation in northern Syria, there was a strong Western reaction, with governments demanding a halt. German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas was among them, condemning the Turkish attack “strongly,” and calling for the European Commission President to stop it.
After the start of the Turkish offensive against Kurdish areas in northern Syria, the risk of jihadists detained by the SDF escaping, or being released, has become a reality, prompting Washington to transfer the most dangerous jihadists to Iraq to ensure they are put on trial. A US defense official said on Wednesday night that the US military had taken responsibility for the detention of two Islamic State jihadi fighters previously held by Kurdish forces in Syria, in a decision made in the wake of the Turkish attack on northern Syria.
President Recep Tayyip Erdogan confirmed Wednesday that Turkey had launched a long-planned military operation against Kurdish forces in northern Syria. The move comes two days after the start of the withdrawal of American troops from the region. According to Erdogan, the Turkish army will attack armed groups in the region, such as Daesh (IS) and the People’s Protection Army (YPG). The groups are considered terrorist groups by Ankara.
Up until now, I supported almost everything President Trump has on his agenda upto 2020 when we elect the President of the United States again. He reduced unemployment to a rate we have never seen in the last 50 years. Yes, underemployment is down, as well. However, I never realized that a part of his agenda, we would have the potential to create additional terrorist acts either in the United States or against US interests abroad.
Iran has stated that it opposes any possible military operations in Syria, and that the US decision to withdraw its troops from the north should be made sooner. The Foreign Ministry of Iran issued a statement on Tuesday referring to the possibility of Turkish troops entering Syrian territory. Such a move would not only address Turkey’s security concerns but also cause damage, they said. Iran has called US military presence in Syria “illegitimate,” and has insisted that the US decision to withdraw its troops “should have happened much sooner.”
German Interior Minister Horst Seehofer met with his Turkish counterpart in Ankara Friday in attempt to sign a new agreement between Turkey and the European Union. Seehofer praised Turkey’s efforts in refugee matters, and said that Turkey could get more funding support from the EU. He said it was difficult to control immigration to Europe without Turkey’s support, and Germany was ready to help Turkey.
At least two migrants died after a fire broke out in a crowded refugee camp in Moria, on the Greek island of Lesbos. Two fires in Moria refugee camp, and another nearby camp on Lesbos, killed a mother and her child on Sunday night. The crowded reception center witnessed unexpected riots yesterday.
Syrian Foreign Minister Walid Muallem called the US and Turkish military presence in northern Turkey illegal and demanded the immediate withdrawal of its troops from its territory. Speaking at the UN General Assembly’s annual summit in New York on Saturday, Waleed Muallem stressed that the US and Turkey’s refusal to withdraw from Syria could trigger a response from Syrian forces.
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan hosted his Russian and Iranian counterparts in Ankara on Monday. They came together for the fifth time since 2017 to find a political solution to the Syrian crisis. As the last major area under Syrian control, Idlib is under the spotlight. All three countries emphasized the need to find a political solution to the Syrian crisis and maintain its territorial integrity. The Ankara summit ended, but to no avail.
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has said his country cannot cope with a new wave of migrants from northern Syria. He said Turkey and the United States needed to establish a “safe area” in northern Syria as soon as possible.
In a move that angered the Syrian government, Ankara, and Washington yesterday morning launched their first joint patrols in the area east of the Euphrates River, which is under the control of the Kurds, in implementation of an agreement reached to establish a “safe zone” and prevent the launch of a new and complex military operation. Damascus has promised to bring down the “safe zone.”
There is controversy today over a potential meeting between Hassan Rouhani of Iran and President Donald Trump. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu commented about this potential meeting saying he cannot tell the American president who he can or cannot meet, but the two are in agreement about the issue of the Iran Nuclear deal. In the meantime Iran will announce nuclear steps on Saturday. They have stated that they are poised for faster nuclear centrifuges which will mean the collapse of the nuclear deal. Europe is still trying to save the deal with a French proposal offering a $15 billion line of credit. Netanyahu is meeting with US secretary of defense Mark Esper and Boris Johnson in London concerning the nuclear deal.
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Turkey’s agreement with the United States to establish a “safe zone” in northeast Syria was “a correct step,” and Ankara would not allow Washington to delay the plan, CNN reported on Thursday.
Kurdish officials in northeast Syria say a US-backed militia is withdrawing from an area on the Turkish border. The People’s Defense Units are said to have taken the first practical steps at the end of the week by withdrawing a number of fighters and weapons from two areas. The move is part of an agreement between Turkey and the United States. Turkey had threatened to launch an offensive into Syria if the People’s Defense Units didn’t leave the border and create a “safe zone.”
Russia-Syria joint operation in Idlib has fueled tensions between Moscow and Ankara. The Turkish president, in a phone call with Vladimir Putin, criticized the “ceasefire violation in Idlib.” He called the operation a “national security” threat to Turkey.
Thousands of unregistered Syrian migrants and refugees will have to leave the Turkish city of Istanbul before the end of Tuesday, August 20, or face the prospect of expulsion. The city authorities have informed the undocumented immigrants about the need to return to the states where they registered, in an attempt to ease the pressures suffered by the largest cities in Turkey.
Syrian opposition forces have announced that two people were killed and two others wounded in attacks on a convoy that contained some Turkish Army elements. The attack did not harm Turkish troops and its armor. Turkish news sources also confirmed the attack by Syrian regime fighters on Turkish troops.
Iran and Turkey have criticized India’s policy of ending the autonomy of the two states, Jammu and Kashmir. Many Muslim countries, however, have been more cautious about recent developments in Kashmir. Mohammad Hussein Bagheri, Iranian Armed Forces chief of staff, expressed concern over the situation in Kashmir and said in a telephone conversation with his Pakistani counterpart that a military approach to the Kashmir crisis could increase complexity throughout the region. Bagheri has called on the Indian government to respect the rights of Muslim residents of the two states.
Twenty-four-year-old Bazzill Mohammed arrived in Turkey illegally eight years ago. He managed to get a Turkish ID but when he brought his wife to the hospital to deliver a baby a few years ago he was told the documents were fake. “I don’t have the ID, I’m scared when I’m going to work and going home. My wife and son don’t have Turkish IDs either. When I go to immigration they tell me to go and register in a different city but there aren’t many jobs there,” said Bazzil.
The United States said it was excluding Turkey from the F-35 fighter jet program after the first parts of the Russian advanced defense program S-400 was received in Ankara last week. Washington says the F-35 fighter jets can not coexist with a Russian intelligence-gathering platform that will be used to learn its evolving capabilities.
The Turkish Defense Ministry said on Friday that they have received the first Russian air defense system S-400. The delivery was made earlier today with the equipment reaching an air base northwest of the capital Ankara, the ministry said. The purchase angered the United States, Turkey’s ally. The United States has warned Turkey that it may face sanctions because of the purchase, including denial of access to US F-35 fighter jets.
The coup attempt in Turkey is almost three years back and the authorities are still looking for alleged co-conspirators. Dozens of arrests were ordered again in several cities. Now the judiciary has again requested the arrest of dozens of military personnel – allegedly linked to the banned Gulen movement.
The Istanbul Procuratorate said it issued an arrest warrant for 176 active members of the military on suspicion of links to the banned movement of Islamic preacher Fethullah Gulen. Ankara blames the Gulen movement for the attempted coup.
After cancellation of the Istanbul election, citizens vote a second time Sunday. Polls see opposition leader Ekrem Imamoglu in front. Does President Recep Erdoğan face a double disgrace?
However, before this new election in Istanbul, everyone is strangely silent about the Turkish president. On the campaign posters only Binali Yildirim, the leading candidate of the governing party AKP for Istanbul, can be seen. Erdogan has reduced his performances. Only in the past few days he interfered again in the debate.
Today following the world news can be seen in a world at unrest. In these countries especially is apparent World Unrest:
Khazakhstan – The world’s largest land locked country and the ninth largest in the world with an area of 2,724,900 square kilometers. It is a democratic secular republic with a diverse heritage. After the elections resulting in the overwhelming victory of interim president Toqaev began wave of protests against the lack of fairness in the elections.