• Turkey began a military operation against Kurdish forces in northeast Syria on Wednesday, just several days after the Trump administration announced the US was pulling troops from the region.

  • “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,” Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said in a statement.

  • President Donald Trump’s decision to withdraw troops from northeast Syria was widely viewed as offering a greenlight to a Turkish military incursion, and the move was criticized heavily by congressional Republicans.


Turkey began an expected military operation against Kurdish forces in northeast Syria on Wednesday, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan announced.


Erdogan in a tweet said, “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.”


The Turkish leader went on to say that the operation will “neutralize terror threats against Turkey and lead to the establishment of a safe zone, facilitating the return of Syrian refugees to their homes.”


“We will preserve Syria’s territorial integrity and liberate local communities from terrorists,” he added.


The operation began just three days after the Trump administration abruptly announced it was withdrawing US troops stationed in the region, a move that led to widespread criticism – including from congressional Republicans.


The decision was seen as the US abandoning the Kurds to a potential massacre by Turkey. The Kurds bore the brunt of the US-led campaign against ISIS, and had previously been made assurances by the US that if they dismantled defensive positions along the border they would be protected from a Turkish assault.


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