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Live Updates: Turkey Continues Operation in Northern Syria Amid Growing Tensions With US

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The military op in Northern Syria continues to press ahead despite warnings from Washington that the White House could sanction Ankara for the offensive against the US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF).

Turkish forces continue to press forward with a ground offensive against Kurdish militants, named "Operation Peace Spring", for a fourth straight day, advancing into northern Syria. Ankara plans to create a safe zone and peace corridor in the region, to the east of the Euphrates.

The Turkish authorities previously agreed on the issue with the United States, but later accused Washington of stalling the negotiations and vowed to create a safe zone without help from their allies, if necessary.

© AFP 2022 / BULENT KILICA journalist takes cover in Akcakale near the Turkish border with Syria on October 10, 2019 as a mortar landed nearby, on the second day of Turkey's military operation against Kurdish forces
Live Updates: Turkey Continues Operation in Northern Syria Amid Growing Tensions With US - Sputnik International
A journalist takes cover in Akcakale near the Turkish border with Syria on October 10, 2019 as a mortar landed nearby, on the second day of Turkey's military operation against Kurdish forces

The contradictions between the two NATO countries resulted in the US withdrawing from several outposts and ignoring the operation. US Defence Secretary Mark Esper "strongly encouraged" Turkey to stop the offensive, stressing it is destabilising the region and warning of "serious consequences".

Damascus, in turn, has decried the deal between Turkey and the United States, calling both occupants, as they are operating in Syria without permission from its government. It also stressed that the operation may lead to the resurgence of Daesh* in the country.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan announced the launch of "Operation Peace Spring" in northeastern Syria on Wednesday. The offensive aims to force the predominantly-Kurdish Syrian Democratic Forces and the remaining Daesh militants out of the region.

According to Ankara, the op was launched under Article 51 of the UN Charter and UN Security Council Resolutions regarding the fight against terrorism. Turkey considers US-backed Kurdish troops as part of the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) that Ankara has labelled as a terror group.

* Daesh (ISIL/ISIS/IS/Islamic State) is a terrorist organisation banned in Russia

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16:43 GMT 12.10.2019

Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu, when asked about a possible mediation offer with Kurdish YPG forces, says Turkey will not negotiate with terrorists, Deutsche Welle reported.

"We don't mediate, negotiate with terrorists. The only thing to be done is for these terrorists to lay down arms", Cavusoglu said. "We tried the political solution in Turkey in the past and we saw what happened".

16:26 GMT 12.10.2019

The Arab League council of foreign ministers has agreed to consider the adoption of urgent measures aimed at countering the Turkish aggression against Syria, including lowering the level of diplomatic relations and halting military cooperation", the League said in a statement following an emergency meeting on Saturday.

12:46 GMT 12.10.2019

UN Special Envoy for Syria Geir Pedersen is set to discuss in Riyadh with the representatives of Syria's opposition preparations being made for the first session of the Syrian Constitutional Committee (SCC), Al-Arabiya broadcaster reported, citing sources.

The Syrian Constitutional Committee is set to convene for the first time in Geneva on 29 October. It was initially set for 30 October, but Russia's Kremlin aide, Yuri Ushakov, said on Thursday that the committee's first session was planned for the 29th.

11:47 GMT 12.10.2019

"We condemn this aggression. We call upon Turkey to immediately and completely stop all military action and withdraw troops, which have entered the Syrian territory", Aboul Gheit said during the opening address to the emergency LAS session amid the Turkish military operation in Syria.

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10:50 GMT 12.10.2019

"There cannot be any talk about [Turkey intentionally] firing upon US and Coalition [forces] in Syria. [Turkish] general staff is taking the necessary steps in coordinating with the US side", Defence Minister Hulusi Akar said, as cited by Anadolu news agency.

The statement comes after the US Department of Defence on Friday said that American troops near the Turkey-Syria border city of Kobane had come under artillery fire from Turkish forces. No US soldiers were injured.

10:41 GMT 12.10.2019

"Now the SDF's attack has started and there are very fierce clashes now", SDF military media official Marvan Qamishlo told Reuters. "The clashes are continuing in the industrial district", noting that this part of the city is the closest to the Turkish border.

Fire engulfs border between Turkey and Syria amid battles between the Turkish Armed Forces and militants in the city of Ras al-Ayn. 12 October 2019 - Sputnik International
09:36 GMT 12.10.2019

"As a result of the ongoing offensive within the scope of the Peace Spring Operation, the Ras al-Ayn residential area to the east of the Euphrates was taken under control", a statement issued by the Turkish government says.

Fire engulfs border between Turkey and Syria amid battles between the Turkish Armed Forces and militants in the city of Ras al-Ayn. 12 October 2019 - Sputnik International
09:35 GMT 12.10.2019
08:46 GMT 12.10.2019

Turkish-backed Syrian militants from the Syrian National Army have reached a strategically important highway in the country's north, as part of Ankara's ongoing controversial military operation in that region, Anadolu news agency reported.

According to the agency, the Syrian National Army reached the M4 highway from Manjib to Qamishli in Syria's northeast.

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