Turkey starts military operation in north-East Syria

epa07907090 Turkey-backed members of Syrian National Army prepare for moving to Turkey with heavy armed vehicles for an expected military operation by Turkey into Kurdish areas of northern Syria, in Azas near Turkey border, Syria, 08 October 2019 (issued 09 October 2019). US President Donald J. Trump announced the withdrawal of US troops from the area ahead of the anticipated action by Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. EPA-EFE/STR

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Turkey’s president Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has said the country’s military operation in north-east Syria has started. Several large explosions were reported in the border town of Ras al-Ain while blasts were also heard at Tal Abyad.

BBC reports that Turkish warplanes have bombed parties of north-eastern Syria at the start of an offensive which could lead to conflict with Kurdish-led allies of the US.

Erdogan said the operation was to create a safe zone cleared of Kurdish militias which is aimed at housing Syrian refugees.

The Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces said that civilian areas came under attack from Turkish planes.

Erdogan, on Twitter, said that the mission was to prevent the creation of a terror corridor across the Turkish southern border and to bring peace in the area, while preserving Syria’s territorial integrity and liberate local communities ‘from terrorists’.

Via Reuters / BBC / Twitter

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