Published: Fri, October 11, 2019

'Border on fire' as Turkey intensifies Syria campaign

'Border on fire' as Turkey intensifies Syria campaign

I do so in protest of the Turkish armed forces' invasion of Northern Syria. The figure could not be independently verified.

Erdogan also warned the European Union not to call Ankara's incursion into Syria an "invasion", and renewed his threat of "opening the gates" and letting Syrian refugees flood Europe.

The United States proposed a statement that expressed "deep concern", called for protection of civilians, and asked Turkey to go through diplomatic channels rather than take military action, council diplomats said, speaking on condition of anonymity because consultations were private. It didn't provide details.

Turkish forces have seized nine villages near Ras al Ain and Tel Abyad, said Rami Abdulrahman, director of the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, which monitors the war.

US troops pulled back from the area, paving the way for Turkey's assault.

It views Syrian Kurdish fighters as terrorists due to their links to Turkey's Kurdistan Workers' Party, or PKK, which has waged a decade-long battle in southeastern Turkey for more autonomy.

These concerns were voiced by lawmakers from Turkey's pro-Kurdish Peoples' Democratic Party (HDP) during the October 10 vote for a motion to extend government's authority to launch cross-border military operations in Iraq and Syria for one more year.

Russian President Vladimir Putin warned on Friday that Islamic State militants held in northeast Syria could escape as a result of a Turkish military operation there, Interfax reported.

U.S. Ambassador Kelly Craft said Trump "has made abundantly clear" that the United States "has not in any way" endorsed Turkey's decision to mount a military incursion in northeast Syria. They have been holding thousands of captured IS fighters in prisons and tens of thousands of their relatives in detention.

Trump told reporters Wednesday that he learned the Kurdish didn't fight alongside the the 1940s in a "very, very powerful article".

The second Turkish military officer has been killed in the country's ongoing offensive in Syria's north, Turkish Defence Minister Hulusi Akar said on Friday. He was happy about the Turkish offensive, he said.

But two days into the offensive, the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces were fending for themselves, trying to repulse multiple ground attacks along a roughly 120-kilometre-long segment of the border.

"No advance as of now", he tweeted Thursday. Both sides report civilian deaths and injuries as mortars are lobbed over the border into Turkey.

The area would be under Turkish control and run by Syrian proxies, a move that would make it hard for displaced Kurds to return and would durably reshape the area's ethnic map. The invasion came after President Donald Trump opened the way by pulling American troops from their positions near the border and abandoning USA -allied Syrian Kurdish fighters.

Republicans in the US House of Representatives have announced plans to introduce a sanctions bill against Turkey, and President Donald Trump has offered to mediate. Later Wednesday, he said he didn't want to be involved in "endless, senseless wars".

Kelly Craft, the USA ambassador to the United Nations, said the Trump administration does not endorse Turkey's military action and warned of unspecified "consequences", but she stopped short of condemning it.

The Kurds are longtime US allies in the fight against the Islamic State group. Prime Minister Scott Morrison said he had been in contact with the Turkish and US governments overnight and admitted to being anxious about the situation.

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