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.
On Monday, US President Donald Trump signed an executive order authorising broad-ranging sanctions against Turkish officials and entities, including the Turkish defence and energy ministries, in response to Ankara's ongoing military operations in northern Syria.
The statement comes amid Turkey’s ongoing military operation in northern Syria which was launched on 9 October as part of Ankara's plan to clear its Syria-facing border area of the Daesh* terrorists and Kurdish militia, as well as create a so-called "safe zone" in the area.
After Turkey launched a military operation in northern Syria last week, France, Finland and Norway ditched their defence export contracts with Ankara, with Sweden proposing to take measures against the country at an EU-wide level.
Turkey's 'Operation Peace Spring' military incursion into Kurdish-held northeastern Syria has entered its second week. Syria has condemned the offensive and deployed troops to the area.
MOSCOW (Sputnik) - Norwegian Prime Minister Erna Solberg has stated that it is better to have Turkey inside NATO than outside it despite major differences members states have over Turkey’s offensive in northeastern Syria.
MOSCOW (Sputnik) - Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte has stated that banning arms sales to Turkey should only be the first step in order to make Ankara cancel its military operation in northeastern Syria.
The Turkish offensive in northern Syria, which started on 9 October, has been condemned by the international community, with Syria calling it a violation of its territorial integrity.
GENOA, Italy (Sputnik) - The Syrian Democratic Forces' (SDF) handover of the Kurdish-controlled towns of Manbij and Kobane as part of the deal with Damascus to the national army is a forced step aimed at protecting themselves from the Turkish offensive, Abdul Hakim Bashar, vice president of the Kurdish National Council in Syria, said.
Clashes between the Kurdish militia and the Turkish forces have been occurring for almost a week, while at least 260 US troops have reportedly left the area. In the meantime, the Syrian military has boosted its presence in the region, recapturing the city of Manbij.
President Donald Trump earlier shared that he has been working with both aisles of the US Congress to hit Turkey with "powerful" sanctions over its military operation, which started on 9 October and targets Syrian Kurds.
Last Wednesday Turkey launched "Operation Peace Spring", pledging to drive Daesh* terrorists and US-backed Kurdish fighters from the north of Syria, which resulted in an escalation of tensions in the region. Ankara's move has been widely criticised by the international community.
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan announced the beginning of the offensive, Operation Peace Spring, in the north of Syria last Wednesday, vowing to clear the region of Kurdish militants and Daesh fighters. The incursion has been widely criticised by the international community.
The Turkish military offensive against Kurdish-led forces in northern Syria - dubbed 'Operation Peace Spring' - continues unfolding in its sixth consecutive day with more civilian casualties reported.
The Syria pullout by the Trump administration has angered both parties in both chambers of the US Congress, and now lawmakers are preparing to bury the president under bills and resolutions condemning the move, while slapping sanctions on Ankara over its invasion of Kurdish-controlled northern Syria.
The US military sought to take custody of some 50 imprisoned Daesh “high-value” members and relocate them for prosecution, but the Kurds have refused to hand them over. In the meantime, an estimated 500-750 purported Daesh family members have escaped from a Kurdish detention camp during the Turkish invasion of northern Syria.
MOSCOW (Sputnik) - At least 11 people were killed and 74 injured in a Turkish airstrike on a convoy in northern Syria, Kurdish media reported earlier on Sunday.
France suspended arms sales to Turkey on Saturday over Ankara's ongoing military incursion into the northern part of Syria, which was earlier condemned by the nation's president, Emmanuel Macron.
Dozens of people on Sunday gathered in the vicinity of the White House in Washington DC to protest the Trump administration's stance on the ongoing Turkish military offensive in northern Syria.
Kurdish-led authorities in the northern part of Syria have reached an agreement with the Syrian government in Damascus to deploy Syrian forces along the entire Turkish border to assist in repelling an ongoing military operation by Ankara.
Two days ahead of the start of the Turkish military operation against Syrian Kurds, the US announced that it would be withdrawing its troops from the area in order to avoid getting caught in the cross-fire between the warring parties. Some, however, including the Kurds, saw this as a "betrayal" of groups that had helped the US fight Daesh*.