Turkey begins offensive against Kurds - Page 1
Turkey claims to have started its announced offensive in northern Syria. This was announced by President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan. The attack is aimed at the Kurdish militia YPG, where Turkey sees a terrorist organization.
The YPG is also an important partner of the US in the fight against the terrorist militia Islamic State (IS). It controls a large area in northern Syria. The US had ordered the withdrawal of their troops from the affected border area.
The Syrian government had recently warned Turkey against an invasion of its territory. A military offensive in northeastern Syria would be a flagrant violation of international law and would be repulsed by all means available, the Foreign Ministry said. It also condemned the "warlike explanations, hostile intentions and the gathering of troops" on the border. The actions of the Turkish government show their "expansionist ambitions".
The Turkish President assured Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin in a telephone call that the Turkish troops would ensure "peace and stability". This will pave the way for a political solution to the Syrian conflict, said a speaker Erdoğan.
Meanwhile, the Syrian Kurds called on Russia to allow a dialogue with the Syrian government. She hopes that "Russia will assume the role of supporter and guarantor," said the semi-autonomous administration of the Syrian Kurds. Russia also supports the Syrian government militarily in the civil war.