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Turkey launches offensive into northeastern Syria
« on: October 13, 2019, 04:20:47 AM »
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Turkey launches offensive into northeastern Syria
11 October 2019

The Turkish military and allied Syrian rebels launched their long-threatened offensive into northeastern Syria on 9 October with the stated objective of establishing a 'safe zone' that has been cleared of Kurdish forces and can be used to resettle Syrian refugees.

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The offensive began with howitzers shelling suspected YPG positions across the border and airstrikes. Airstrikes were also carried out against the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) in northern Iraq under Operation 'Claw'.

The state run Anadolu Agency reported that the Turkish Air Force was ignoring a US ban on it using the airspace over northeastern Syria, with aircraft from the 8th Main Jet Base in Diyarbakır, which operates F-16C/D fighters, destroying targets 30 km east of the Euphrates River.

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Re: Turkey launches offensive into northeastern Syria
« Reply #1 on: October 13, 2019, 07:46:41 AM »
Turkey Begins Invasion of Syria, Targeting US-Allied Kurds
9 Oct 2019
Military.com | By Richard Sisk

https://www.military.com/daily-news/2019/10/09/turkey-begins-invasion-syria-targeting-us-allied-kurds.html

NATO member Turkey's military has begun an invasion of areas of northeastern Syria evacuated by U.S. troops, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Wednesday. The operation is aimed at mostly-Kurdish forces partnered with the U.S.

In a tweet, Erdogan said his military "just launched Operation Peace Spring against PKK/YPG and Daesh terrorists 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," Erdogan added.

The main fighting force of the U.S.-allied Syrian Democratic Forces is the YPG (People's Protection Units). Erdogan claims that the YPG has links to the PKK (Kurdistan Workers Party), a group in eastern Turkey labeled a terrorist organization by Turkey and the U.S.

Daesh is an Arabic acronym for the Islamic State, or ISIS.

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Re: Turkey launches offensive into northeastern Syria
« Reply #2 on: October 27, 2019, 01:41:08 AM »
US says Turkey agrees to a ceasefire in Syria
By Veronica Rocha, Fernando Alfonso III, Mike Hayes and Meg Wagner, CNN

Updated 10:24 p.m. ET, October 17, 2019

https://www.cnn.com/middleeast/live-news/syria-turkey-10-17-2019/index.html

The latest: Vice President Mike Pence said Turkey has agreed to a ceasefire in Syria.

The terms: The Syrian Kurds/Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) must dismantle their defensive fortifications and pull troops from the border to appease Turkey.

What this means for the US: Pence said today the US will “continue to engage” in Syria, but “not militarily.”

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Re: Turkey launches offensive into northeastern Syria
« Reply #3 on: October 27, 2019, 01:44:01 AM »
Trump Calls Syria Cease-Fire 'Permanent,' Lifts Sanctions on Turkey
October 23, 201910:33 AM ET

AYESHA RASCOE

https://www.npr.org/2019/10/23/772604648/trump-speaks-about-syria-ceasefire-after-russia-turkey-make-deal

Updated at 2:45 p.m. ET

President Trump says he is lifting sanctions on Turkey after the country agreed to what he called a permanent cease-fire in northern Syria, ending Turkey's military offensive that began after the U.S. pulled troops from the area.

Trump argued that his decision to remove U.S. forces — criticized by U.S. Republican and Democratic lawmakers alike — helped to bring the deal to fruition.

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Trump abruptly announced on Oct. 6 that U.S. troops would withdraw from northern Syria. Lawmakers accused him of abandoning Kurdish forces, who were key allies in the U.S. fight against ISIS. Turkey argues that the Kurdish fighters are terrorists.

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Still, some U.S. troops will remain in Syria to protect oil fields. Trump did not provide any details on the number of service members who would stay or how they would keep the oil secure.

The announcement of the permanent cease-fire comes after a deal was reached on Tuesday between Russian President Vladimir Putin and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. The agreement calls for the withdrawal of Syrian Kurdish forces from the Turkish border and then joint military patrols of the area now occupied by the Kurdish military.

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As NPR's Brakkton Booker reports, the Turkey-Russia agreement is widely seen as a victory for Russian influence in the region. Russian forces will replace U.S. troops who had patrolled these areas.

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