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Turkey’s military launches into Syria after Trump abandons staunch ally Kurds

Turkish soldiers with their vehicles conduct patrol on outside Manbij, Syria, Sept. 11, 2018. (Voice of America/Released)
October 09, 2019

Turkey’s military operation into northern Syria has just launched on Wednesday days after President Donald Trump withdrew U.S. forces from the area and backed the movement.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan announced the operation in a tweet Wednesday morning in the U.S., saying, “The Turkish Armed Forces, together with the Syrian National Army, just launched #OperationPeaceSpring against PKK/YPG and Daesh terrorists in northern Syria,” referring to Kurdistan groups and ISIS.


“Our mission is to prevent the creation of a terror corridor across our southern border, and to bring peace to the area,” the tweeted.

“#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,” another tweet added.

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Preparations had completed at the Syrian border on Tuesday, with Turkey assembling a large convoy of military vehicles in preparation for the offensive to begin.

The Syrian Democratic Forces, which have long been adversaries of Erdogan and Turkey, are mobilizing their forces along the border with Turkey.

The SDF had reported at least three ISIS sleeper cell attacks in Raqqa, prompting the group to call on nations around the world to “carry out their responsibilities and avoid a possible impending humanitarian disaster,” NBC News reported.

Video posted to Twitter shows Turkish jets taking off from an airbase.

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Another video shows two Turkish jets flying over northeastern Syria.

Numerous strikes and bombings have reportedly taken place already.