Turkey: Recep Tayyip Erdoğan announces offensive in northern Syria
The Turkish president wants to enforce a buffer zone in northern Syria. The area is controlled by Kurdish militias who are considered terrorists in Turkey.
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has again announced an offensive in northern Syria. The area is currently controlled by the Kurdish militia YPG. In the western Turkish city of Bursa Erdoğan spoke at the inauguration of a road in front of his followers. "My siblings, now we will move to the north of the Euphrates," he said. The patience of Turkey is coming to an end. Earlier, Erdoğan counted on Turkey's past military operations in Syria. In recent days Turkey has strengthened its troop presence on the border with Syria.
According to the president, Russia and the US are already informed. Both states were active in Syria and militarily opposed the terrorist organization Islamic State (IS). In addition, Russia supports Syria's President Bashar al-Assad, on whose request Russia has been involved in airstrikes on the Syrian civil war since 2015. Critics accused Russia of acting against moderate rebel forces and securing Assad's rule.
At the end of July, Erdoğan had announced an offensive after failed talks with the US. The goal should be the establishment of a buffer zone in northern Syria. Erdogan said, "We are determined to destroy the terror corridor east of the Euphrates." Those who rely on the support of foreign powers in the region could "let themselves be buried". The YPG was mainly supported by the US as an important partner in the fight against the IS.
Turkey has been calling for a buffer zone in the area controlled by the YPG for years. Following the announcement by US President Donald Trump to pull American troops out of Syria, Erdoğan announced that he would denounce Turkish military operations more closely with Russia. Turkey wants to intensify its activities in the region. Erdoğan repeatedly threatened with an offensive against the Kurdish militia. Turkey sees in the YPG an offshoot of the banned Kurdish workers' party PKK and thus a terrorist organization.