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.
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.”
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.”