February 19, 2018

Turkey Steps Up Offensive Against Kurdish Militia in Syria

23 January 2018, 02:57 | Virginia Santiago

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German MEP Martina Michels also criticized the military operation in Afrin, stressing that "it is unacceptable that the Turkish army has been attacking Kurdish villages". They are accused of supporting a Syrian Kurdish militant group through social media posts.

Mattis said Afrin had been stabilizing, prior to the Turkish military operation.

"Whether Afrin, Manbij, northern Iraq or the east of the Euphrates, wherever the terrorists are situated and are posing threats is our target", the Turkish foreign minister vowed. No casualty figures were released.

Turkey considers the SDF to be terrorists because of the inclusion in the forces of the Kurdish YPG militias, whom he accuses of being aligned with the Kurdish PKK terrorist group.

But Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has promised to expand the operation, threatening to go to Manjib to the east, which the U.S-backed Kurdish fighters had liberated of Islamic State militants in 2016 and now administer.

"Our jets took off and started bombing". Two people died and 12 others were wounded when a rocket hit a camp housing Syrian rebel fighters near the border in Turkey's Hatay province, local reports said.

France's request for the emergency meeting comes one day after the Turkish operation against the YPG began. The US State Department its North Atlantic Treaty Organisation ally to exercise restraint and ensure that its military operations remain limited in scope and duration, in order to avoid civilian casualties.

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Turkey's air and ground offensive against Kurds in northwestern Syria has distracted from global efforts to finish off the Islamic State group and has disrupted humanitarian relief work, U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said Tuesday. YPG claimed four of its own militia members were killed over the weekend in the Turkish military operation along with 10 fighters from FSA.

On Sunday, the U.S., which Ankara accuses of arming Kurdish forces in Syria, also said it is "very concerned" about the ongoing operation.

The UN Security Council has been meeting to discuss the operation, as well as the wider humanitarian situation in Syria.

The Turkish president warned the USA not to provoke the nation or become further involved in the conflict.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan announced his government has no interest in anyone's land, and that Ankara only wanted Syria's territorial integrity.

While the Syrian government warned Turkey that they would shoot down their military aircraft. Caty Weaver was the editor. We want it to be finished without significant losses. Write to us in the Comments section, and visit our Facebook page.

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