On 9 October, Turkey launched Operation Peace Spring in Kurdish-dominated northeastern Syria with the stated goal of clearing the border area of “terrorists” (this term is broadly applied by Ankara to Kurdish forces) and create a security zone for a safe return of refugees.
Commenting on the operation, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan pledged that Daesh* will not resurface in the area following the offensive.
Turkey's actions, however, have caused a massive backlash from the international community with some countries, namely - Finland and Norway, halting military cooperation with Ankara, and others thinking about imposing sanctions against Ankara.
*Daesh, also known as ISIS/IS/Islamic State, is a terrorist group banned in Russia and many other countries.
MOSCOW (Sputnik) – Around 20,000 Kurds took part in protests across Germany against the Turkish military operation against Kurdish units in Syria, German media reported.
US troops came under fire from Turkish positions near the Syrian city of Kobani on Friday amid the ongoing Turkish military operation against Daesh and the Kurdish-led forces that are considered by Ankara to be terrorists.
The US President, Donald Trump, has offered three options for how the US should respond to Turkey's "Operation Peace Spring", starting with the military option, then sanctions, to "mediation" between Turkey and Syrian Kurds.
UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson spoke with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Saturday evening, expressing grave concern about the ongoing military operation in northern Syria.
French President Emmanuel Macron condemned the Turkish military invasion in Syria and urged Ankara to immediately cease its aggression.
Turkey launched Operation Peace Spring in northern Syria on 9 October, targeting the predominantly-Kurdish Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) and the Daesh* terrorist group.
Ankara officially launched its military operation, dubbed "Peace Spring", on 9 October, planning to fight Kurdish groups like YPG located east of the Euphrates, which it deems a terrorist outfit. Turkey has dismissed protests against the operation from a number of countries, stating that it will listen to no one, when it comes to own security.
US President Donald Trump is one of the leaders condemning the Turkish "Operation Peace Spring" launched on Wednesday in northeastern Syria that is, according to Ankara, aimed at neutralizing Daesh* and PKK/YPG "terrorist organizations."
US Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin told reporters earlier on Friday that the Trump administration is considering enacting an order that would vastly expand Washington's’ ability to impose economic sanctions against Ankara over the ongoing military offensive in northern Syria.
US Special Forces near the Syrian border town Kobani, Aleppo Governorate, came under artillery fire from Turkish positions Friday, the Pentagon reported. No US troops were injured. However, US officials later indicated the troops were forced to vacate their positions as a result.
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan announced earlier this week the launch of the offensive, dubbed Operation Peace Spring, in northeastern Syria, aiming to create a safe zone near the Syrian-Turkish border.
President Trump has called Turkey's operation against Kurdish forces in northern Syria a "bad idea," and said that in addition to possible sanctions, he would like to see something "much tougher" done against Ankara. Earlier, a group of senators said they were working on a package of "deep and devastating" "sanctions from hell" against Turkey.
US House Republicans are looking to introduce a sanctions bill against Turkey over its military Operation Peace Spring in northern Syria, which is targeting Kurdish groups and Daesh.*
At the same time, the Swedish cabinet minister who initiated the extra aid,emphasised that it should not be seen taking a stance against Turkey.
On 9 October, Turkey launched a military operation in northeastern Syria against Kurdistan Worker’s Party (PKK), which Ankara considers a terrorist organisation, and its armed wing: the People’s Protection Units (YPG). Turkey says the offensive is aimed at clearing the border region of terrorists and establishing a safe zone.
Russian President Vladimir Putin said that he isn't sure Turkey will be able to take control of the situation if captured Daesh fighters scatter to other territories.
The Turkish military is currently conducting a military operation in northern Syria — its third in three years — with a stated goal of clearing the way for the return of millions of Syrian refugees and addressing the alleged security threat near its southern border.
Oslo has followed Helsinki's lead in putting a halt to new military exports to Ankara following its military operation in Syria, which has left its NATO allies divided.
On Wednesday, Turkey kicked off "Operation Peace Spring" against Kurdish militia forces in de facto autonomous northeastern Syria in the wake of US troops' departure from the region, with the stated goal of eliminating "terror threats" along the Turkish border with Syria and establishing a safe zone for the return of refugees.
US Senators Lindsey Graham and Chris Van Hollen earlier proposed a new bipartisan bill calling for a broad range of sanctions against Turkey, including against high-level officials such as President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, in response to Ankara's military incursion inside northern Syria.