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

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 | By Richard Sisk

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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