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Turkey launches start of ‘Operation Peace Spring’ targeting SDF in Syria


Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan announced the start of a long-anticipated military operation against the Syrian Democratic Forces in northeast Syria on Wednesday, October 9 after U.S. troops pulled back from the border area this week.

“The Turkish Armed Forces, together with the Syrian National Army, just launched #OperationPeaceSpring 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 said.

He added: “With Operation Peace Spring, we will eliminate the terrorist threat to our country. We will create a safe zone to ensure that Syrian refugees return to their home countries. We will protect the territorial integrity of Syria and free all the people of the region from the clutches of terrorism.”

Tens of thousands of Syrian fighters have been mobilized to take part in the offensive, a spokesperson said earlier.

Turkish media and SDF spokesperson Mustafa Bali said Turkish F-16 fighter jets had carried out airstrikes on civilian areas, with NTV reporting they targeted the border town of Ras al-Ayn.

Turkey’s long-planned assault on the U.S.-backed SDF, which it brands terrorists, was after President Donald Trump announced he was pulling back U.S. troops, despite growing international concern over regional stability.

The Syrian fighters, most of them from northwestern areas controlled by Turkey since previous offensives in 2016 and 2018, were gathered in a former refugee camp in the Turkish border town of Akcakale.

They belong to factions of the Free Syrian Army armed and financed by Ankara. Last week a group of Turkey-backed rebels – National Liberation Front, based in Idlib province, and the National Army, which operates in Efrin – announced they would unify under the umbrella of the Syrian National Army, and vowed to fight the SDF.

At least 18,000 fighters are due to participate in the first stage of the Turkish offensive, according to Abdelrahman Ghazi Dadeh, spokesperson for Anwar al-Haq.

Speaking to journalists Akcakale, Dadeh said 8,000 fighters would target the Syrian border town of Tal Abyad and 10,000 Ras al-Ayn, also known as Serekaniye.

Syria mapAn undetermined number of additional fighters were also expected to be mobilized for an assault on Kobane.

According to Dadeh, officers from Syrian factions accompanied by Turkish soldiers carried out reconnaissance along the border on Wednesday in preparation for the assault.

October 9 is the 21st anniversary of the expulsion from Syria of Abdullah Ocalan, the founder of the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) which has waged an insurgency against the Turkish state since 1984.

Turkey considers the predominantly-Kurdish Syrian People’s Protection Units (YPG), the backbone of the SDF, to be a terrorist organization inextricably linked to the PKK.

Backed by the U.S.-led international Coalition, the multi-ethnic SDF coalition fought the ground war against Islamic State in northern and eastern Syria, but the White House this week announced it was withdrawing special forces from the area that had been effectively preventing a Turkish offensive.

Trump appeared to give a green light to the Turkish operation on Sunday when he ordered the withdrawal of U.S. troops from the border area.

However, he later appeared to alter his position, saying he would “obliterate” the Turkish economy if its forces did anything he considered unreasonable.

Trump has drawn criticism from across the political spectrum for “abandoning the Kurds.” Around 11,000 SDF fighters, including around 8,000 Kurds, were killed in battles against ISIS.

SDF spokesperson Kino Gabriel told The Defense Post on Monday that the force would not be able to ensure the security of tens of thousands of suspected ISIS adherents and their families in camps and prisons across northern Syria.

Authorities in northeastern Syria called a general mobilization of civilians on Wednesday in anticipation of the Turkish operation.
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‘The border is on fire’: Turkey battles Syria’s Kurds near Tal Abyad after ground invasion

Artillery slammed Syrian border towns as Kurdish-led forces mobilized to resist

The United States military stood down as ground forces backed by Turkey mobilized to invade northeast Syria late Wednesday night, kicking off an offensive against Kurdish-led fighters as civilians fled the area.

A limited ground assault began around 10 p.m. local time (1900 GMT) on October 9 near the town of Tal Abyad after Turkish aircraft and artillery pounded Syrian towns along the border throughout the day, killing civilians and fighters from the Syrian Democratic Forces ahead of the planned invasion.

Local sources said the initial ground attack came near the border village of Sousek.

SDF media head Mustafa Bali said that the first incursion attempt was repulsed by the SDF. More recent reports have suggested Turkey-backed forces are attempting to spread out to Tal Abyad’s flanks, but the reports could not be independently verified by The Defense Post.

Turkish artillery or airstrikes were reported throughout the day and overnight near Sere Kaniye (Ras al-Ayn), Tal Abyad, Derik, Kobane, Ein Issa and Qamishli, and by early Thursday the Kurdish Red Crescent said at leave seven people were confirmed killed.

The SDF’s Coordination and Military Operations Center said on Twitter that Turkish artillery had also landed near the Bouzra dam in Derik (al-Malikiya) and the village of Katouf, 15 km southeast of Ras al-Ayn.

Initial, unconfirmed reports also said at least three SDF fighters were also killed as clashes broke out between the Kurdish-led fighters and Turkey-backed Syrian rebels along the border.

“The whole border is on fire, from Derik to Tal Abyad,” a local source in Qamishli told The Defense Post.

Locals who spoke to The Defense Post estimated that hundreds of people fled the border area on Tuesday after Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan announced the start of the operation to clear Western-backed Kurdish-led fighters from areas of northeast Syria.

In the confusion, one young man said he was forced to leave friends behind in Qamishli to “go back to Derbesiye to save my family.” Another man, a resident of Manbij whose wife is pregnant with their second child, called Turkey’s looming invasion “a terrifying nightmare” and said he would flee if Syrian government forces returned to the contested city.

“The internet is very bad in the north. Electricity is down in most sectors along the border now. The roads are clogged with refugees,” Thomas McClure, a researcher at the Rojava Information Center, told reporters on Wednesday night.

RIC also reported that an early Turkish airstrike hit an SDF Counter-Terrorism Forces (YAT) camp.

Sporadic shelling continued into the night in Kobane and Qamishli. Two Syriac Christian civilians in Qamishli were killed, allegedly when projectile struck the building they were in, the SDF-affiliated Syriac Military Council said.

A source in Qamishli confirmed one of the deaths, saying the site was a family home, and that other family members were taken to a local hospital.

Local civil defense forces mobilized in cities such as Tal Abyad and Derik, with the Syriac Military Council taking up positions to defend Christian neighborhoods, RIC reported.

The White House announced late Sunday that American forces would not prevent a Turkish incursion into Syria, after President Donald Trump spoke with Erdogan, by phone.

Days before the operation, Syrian rebel groups supported by Turkey declared their unification under the banner of the Syrian National Army.

A spokesperson for a Syrian National Army rebel faction said Turkish airstrikes had destroyed SDF positions and ammunition depots at an airfield near Ayn Issa.

Syria mapThe RIC’s McClure said the Sultan Murad Brigades, Hasakeh Shield, Faylaq al-Sham and Ahrar al-Sharqiya are among the groups believed to be currently participating in the ground offensive. Two SDF spokesmen did not return requests for comment.

Videos circulated on social media earlier on Monday purportedly showing rebels mobilizing near Manbij while discussing “martyrdom” and fighting the Kurdish forces, leading to panic in northeast Syria, local sources told The Defense Post.

With the help of the U.S.-led Coalition, the SDFs and affiliated local military councils captured most of Syria’s northeast from ISIS between 2015 and March of this year.

The SDF has said it will be forced to halt all counter-ISIS operations and will not be able to sustain control of a number of prisons which house tens of thousands of captured ISIS families and fighters.

El Shafee Elsheikh and Alexanda Amon Kotey, two British ISIS members known as “the Beatles,” were taken into U.S. military custody and moved to an undisclosed “secure location” to prevent their escape. Reports of ISIS adherents escaping SDF-run detention centers and al-Hol camp appeared to be unfounded.

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The French, German and British governments have called an emergency meeting of the United Nations Security Council, set for Thursday morning in New York.

France’s Minister of Armed Forces Florence Parly called on Turkey to stop the offensive. “The Turkish offensive in northeastern Syria is dangerous. Dangerous for the safety of the Kurds. Dangerous because it is conducive to Daesh, against whom we have been fighting for 5 years. It must stop,” she said on Twitter.

“Renewed armed hostilities in the north-east will further undermine the stability of the whole region, exacerbate civilian suffering and provoke further displacements,” E.U. foreign affairs chief Federica Mogherini said in a statement, rejecting Turkey’s stated plan to resettle between two and three million war refugees in the border zone.

“It is unlikely that a so-called ‘safe zone’ in north-east Syria, as envisaged by Turkey, would satisfy international criteria for refugee return as laid down by UNHCR,” Mogherini said.

“Any attempt at demographic change would be unacceptable. The E.U. will not provide stabilization or development assistance in areas where the rights of local populations are ignored.”

NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said the alliance was notified by the Turkish government about the operation. “It’s important to avoid actions that may further destabilise the region, escalate tensions, and cause more human suffering,” Stoltenberg said.

The Czech and Finnish governments also condemned Turkey’s operation. Finland’s government said it would halt all weapons exports to Turkey in response.

U.S. Senators Lindsey Graham and Chris Van Hollen drafted bipartisan a bill on Wednesday to sanction Turkey’s president, vice president, top ministers and military, and to end U.S. military assistance, if Turkey refuses to call off the operation.
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Turkey's Erdogan threatens to send 'millions' of refugees to Europe if EU calls Syria offensive 'invasion'

Turkey's president Recep Tayyip Erdogan has threatened to send "millions" of Syrian refugees to Europe in response to criticism of his military offensive into Kurdish-controlled northern Syria.

Speaking to his party, Mr Erdogan said Turkish forces had killed 109 "militants" since the operation began on Wednesday, and warned he would "open the doors" to spark a new refugee crisis in Europe if the EU called it an "invasion."

"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.

He added that Islamic State prisoners held by Kurdish forces would be kept in jail or returned to home countries willing to take them.

The comments came as a Syrian human rights group said up to 100,000 civilians have been displaced by fighting since Turkey launched its offensive with shelling and airstrikes against Kurdish strong points and cities on Wednesday afternoon.

Large convoys of civilian cars were still heading south towards the cities of Hasekah and Tel Temir in a bid to flee the fighting on Thursday morning.

The Syrian Red Crescent said five civilians had been killed and 25, including six children, injured by 9 pm on Wednesday.

Turkey, which says it wants to create a “safe zone” on the Syrian side of the border, said it had seized all its designated objective for the first day and that the operation continued to go as planned.

"Our heroic commandos taking part in Operation Peace Spring are continuing to advance east of the Euphrates (river)," the Defence Ministry wrote on Twitter. "The designated targets were seized," it said in a later statement.

The Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces said they had repulsed a Turkish attack on the city of Tel Abyad and said claims Turkey had made any advance east the the Euphrates were false.

A spokesman for the National Army, a Turkish-backed Syrian rebel group, said its fighters were moving towards both cities in support of the Turkish army, but denied SDF reports of heavy clashes near Tel Abyad.
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Thanks to Pre (coughing) sident :cry: trump. His legendary disloyalty extends beyond those surrounding him - also to those who have been our loyal allies. Considering trump's universe, Turkey offers his family & him a much better & profitable business opportunities then the Kurds.

My fearful questions
- Is Israel next to be treated by trump for refusing to "Investigate Joe Biden" ?
- In the phone call to the Sultan - Did trump had asked & got promise "Turkey WILL investigate Joe Biden"?

With this out of control dude, one never knows what he will do to get his way.

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Engaging in military action against against Turkey is not an option. The upside of this is it is more ammunition against allowing Erdogan and the large proportion of the Turkish population who voted for him anywhere near the EU.
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Hombre wrote:Thanks to Pre (coughing) sident :cry: trump. His legendary disloyalty extends beyond those surrounding him - also to those who have been our loyal allies. Considering trump's universe, Turkey offers his family & him a much better & profitable business opportunities then the Kurds.
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In case you don't know...It is not Trump nor the American army who are fighting the Kurds. Blame the mad man Erdogan. He gave the order to drop the bombs. He send his army into Syria.

A year ago Trump told the world he would leave Syria. He asked all the European Union countries ( also Holland) if they could send a troop of soldiers to replace his soldiers. They laughed at him and told him "NOWAY". Trump told them again he would leave Syria as he had made a promise to the American people.

For years America is doing the dirty work for Europe. We don't even pay enough for the Navo. America is paying the price. As an born European, I say..."Enough is enough". I don't blame Trump, but I blame our weak leaders who almost all hate Trump. Like you. :heh:

Disgusting. :(
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In Holland, Turks are very angry because of this cartoon from a Dutch cartoonist.

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"Ethnic cleansing". Why aren't we hearing that?
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Turkish forces approach key Kurdish-held town in northern Syria. U.S. official says situation is “deteriorating rapidly” and U.S. troops are at risk of being isolated, unable to travel without “high risk” of armed confrontation with Turkey-backed forces.

Islamic State supporters escape in Syria as US pulls back

Hundreds of Islamic State supporters escaped from a holding camp in northern Syria on Sunday amid heavy clashes between invading Turkish-led forces and Kurdish fighters, and President Donald Trump ordered all U.S. troops to withdraw from the north to avoid getting caught in the fighting.

The twin developments reflected the rapidly growing chaos in Syria in the week since Trump ordered American forces in the region to step aside, leaving the U.S.-allied Kurds wide open to attack from Turkey.

“We have American forces likely caught between two opposing advancing armies, and it’s a very untenable situation,” U.S. Defense Secretary Mark Esper said on CBS’ “Face the Nation” in announcing U.S. troops would leave the north. He did not say how many would withdraw but that they represent most of the 1,000 troops in Syria.

A U.S. military official said that the situation was “deteriorating rapidly.” The official, who was not authorized to disclose operational details and spoke on condition of anonymity, said American troops were unable to move around on the ground without a “high risk” of confrontation with Turkish-backed forces.

The danger to American forces was illustrated on Friday, when a small number of U.S. troops came under Turkish artillery fire at an observation post in the north. No Americans were hurt. Esper said it was unclear whether that was an accident.

Trump, in a tweet, said: “Very smart not to be involved in the intense fighting along the Turkish Border, for a change. Those that mistakenly got us into the Middle East Wars are still pushing to fight. They have no idea what a bad decision they have made.”

Meanwhile, the U.S. also has come to believe that the Kurds are attempting to “cut a deal” with the Syrian army and Russia to counter the invading Turks, Esper said.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Sunday ruled out any mediation in the dispute with the Kurds, saying Turkey won’t negotiate with “terrorists.” NATO member Turkey views the Syrian Kurdish fighters as terrorists because of their links to the Kurdish insurgency inside Turkey, and it has vowed to carve out a “safe zone” along the border.

Trump’s decision to clear the way for the Turkish offensive has been condemned at home and abroad by critics who say he abandoned the Kurdish allies who long fought alongside the U.S. to help defeat the Islamic State.

The fighting that has broken out over the past week has raised fears that some of the thousands of Islamic State members and sympathizers held by the Kurds will escape or be released in the chaos, allowing the battered extremist group to make a comeback and sow terror at will.

On Sunday, heavy fighting reached a displaced-persons camp in Ein Eissa, some 35 kilometers (20 miles) south of the border, that is home to some 12,000 people, including around 1,000 wives and widows of Islamic State fighters and their children, held in a special detention area.

The Kurdish-led administration in northern Syria said in a statement that 950 IS supporters escaped after attacking guards and storming the gates. It was not immediately possible to confirm that figure.

Jelal Ayaf, a senior official at the camp, told local media that 859 people broke out from the section housing foreign IS supporters. He said that a few were recaptured but that supporters inside another section of the camp also escaped and were carrying out attacks. He described the situation as “very volatile.”

Esper said he was aware of the reports of escapes and of atrocities committed against the Kurds in the fighting.

“It gets worse by the hour,” Esper said. “These are all the exact things” that U.S. officials warned Erdogan would probably happen in urging him not to invade.

The United Nations says more than 130,000 Syrians have fled since the operation began five days ago, including many who had taken refuge from previous rounds of fighting in the country’s eight-year civil war.

Turkey said 440 Kurdish fighters have been killed since the operation began Wednesday. The SDF said 56 of its fighters have died. Turkey also said four of its soldiers were killed, along with 16 allied Syrian fighters.

Turkey’s Defense Ministry tweeted that its forces had taken control of the main highway running between Hassakeh, a major town and logistics hub, and Ein Eissa, the administrative center of the Kurdish-held areas.

Heavy fighting was also underway in the town of Suluk, northeast of Ein Eissa. Turkey’s official news agency said Syrian fighters allied with Ankara had captured the town, while Kurdish officials said they were still battling to hold onto it.
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Fernando wrote:"Ethnic cleansing". Why aren't we hearing that?
Oh, and "peace spring" - he means "autumn war". Why is nobody saying "doublespeak" or at least "Orwellian" jf they must be mealy-mouthed?
And isn't it about time the Erdogan Poem Contest resumed? Didn't Boris Johnson have an entry in the first round? I won't resubmit my own entry - it related to a previous Erdogonian deed.
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Fernando wrote:"Ethnic cleansing". Why aren't we hearing that?
Oh, and "peace spring" - he means "autumn war". Why is nobody saying "doublespeak" or at least "Orwellian" jf they must be mealy-mouthed?
And isn't it about time the Erdogan Poem Contest resumed? Didn't Boris Johnson have an entry in the first round? I won't resubmit my own entry - it related to a previous Erdogonian deed.
I think "ethnic cleansing" was used so much that it lost it's impact. Or so the marketing-oriented thinkers in advertising agencies decided. It's still in use but just not as much anymore.
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Ansar al-Zindiqi wrote:I think "ethnic cleansing" was used so much that it lost it's impact.
It has recently been used with respect to the jihadist-harboring Rohingya. "Ethnic Cleansing" is what non-Muslim "fascists" do to Muslims in the "progressive" lexicon.
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TURKISH DEFENSE MINISTER'S SHOCKING TWEET SHOWING THE MAP OF THEIR INTENDED CONQUEST
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On Monday, Turkey’s Minister Hulusi Akar tweeted a graphic of Turkish President Erdogan in front of a map. The Defense Minister wrote:

“We have no eyes on anyone’s land, but we only take out the eye of those who look at our land.”

The Minster's map of Turkey extends into the territory of the nations of Greece, Bulgaria, Cyprus, Georgia, Syria, Iraq, Iran, and Armenia.

As the Turkish army and their FSA and Al Qaeda affiliates ravage northern Syria, it is critical to understand the larger context of the campaign.

March 3, 2024 will be the One Hundred Year Anniversary of the abolishment of the Caliphate in the wake of the collapse of the Ottoman Empire—the original Islamic State. The Kurds and the ethnic and religious minorities fighting with them in northern Syria are facing a much larger context than autonomy in Rojava.
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World War 3: Turkey's Erdogan calls for 'ARMY of Islam' to ATTACK Israel on all sides

TURKEY’S President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and his ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) have announced they want to create an “army of Islam” to wage war against Israel, it has been revealed.

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World War 3: Erdogan called for an army of Islam

Less than a month ago the Turkish state’s mouthpiece the daily Yeni Şafak ran an article for Erdogan titled “A call for urgent action” and on the newspaper’s website headlined “What if an army of Islam formed against Israel?”

It called for the 57 member states of the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) to form a joint army to simultaneously attack Israel from all sides.

The article said: “If the member states of the OIC unite militarily, they will form the world’s largest and most comprehensive army.

“The number of active soldiers would be at least 5,206,100, while the defence budget would reach approximately $175billion (£124billion).”

This was accompanied by an interactive map providing formation of military forces for a joint Muslim attack on Israel.

The article provided additional details of the plan, saying: “It is expected that 250,000 soldiers will participate in the first of a possible operation.

“Land, air and naval bases of member states located in the most critical regions will be used.

“Joint bases will be constructed in a short period of time… It is possible for 500 tanks and armoured vehicles, 100 planes and 500 attack helicopters and 50 ships to mobilise quickly.”

Erdogan did not deny his support for the report and has on several occasions said he would like to resurrect the Ottoman Empire.

The tyrant has established military bases in Qatar and Somalia and recently reached an agreement with Sudan to acquire a Sudanese island in the Red Sea to be used as a military base.

He has also repeatedly threatened to invade Greek islands in the Mediterranean and has recently invaded Syria under the pretext of fighting Kurdish terrorism.

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World War 3: Turkey has recently invaded Syria under the pretext of fighting Kurdish terrorism

Erdogan has also locked up journalists and activists who have spoken out against his regime.

But the European Union is urging members to approve a further €3.7billion (£3.28billion) to help Turkey deal with Syrian refugees who arrived in their country.

Brussels will now push to get Turkey the extra €2.7 billion (£2.4billion) from national governments, some of whom may be unwilling to pump new cash into the country.

Europe's relations with Erdogan has been fraught in recent years but the EU depends on Turkey to keep a tight lid on immigration from the Middle East, where the war in Syria has killed hundreds of thousands and pushed millions from homes.

However, a draft document seen by Politico notes that if countries do not contribute and order the money be taken from the EU budget only, “standard EU rules would apply and the member states would be excluded from the governance of the facility (for refugees in Turkey).”

Top EU officials will meet Erdogan on March 26 in the Bulgarian city of Varna despite misgivings among many on the European side.

The bloc's top migration official Dimitris Avramopoulos will announce on Wednesday that the European Commission proposes the extra funding on projects benefiting Syrian refugees in Turkey.

Turkey has accepted 3.5 million refugees from Syria, and the EU is already spending a first €3billion (£2.1billion) instalment to help them.

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