Turkey bombs Syria: Erdogan begins ‘Operation Peace Spring’

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has launched an operation against Kurdish-led militias in northeastern Syria. Ankara sees the Kurdish militias as terrorists and argues an offensive is needed to bring “peace” to the region. The operation targets not only Kurdish-led militias, that Ankara believes to be affiliated with the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) militant group which is outlawed in Turkey, but also Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS) terrorists, according to Erdogan.> #OperationPeaceSpring 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.> > — Recep Tayyip Erdoğan (@RTErdogan) October 9, 2019Turkish aircraft and artillery began striking positions in Syria immediately after Erdogan’s announcement, according to media reports.A total of 181 targets were hit since the start of operation, the Turkish defense ministry said on Wednesday.Later in the day, the Turkish military said it launched the land phase of the operation. Army units, as well as affiliated militants from the so-called Syrian “opposition,” began their assault on the SDF positions. > Speaking to civilians on the ground families started to flee south this morning, others stayed put & protested imminent Turkish offensive. One woman in Tal-Abyad messaged "The town is on high alert and civilians are terrified" then she vanished offline, her phone is off #Syria> > — Bel Trew (@Beltrew ...Read more

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