Turkey launched airstrikes, began a ground offensive and fired weapons against Kurdish fighters in the north of Syria on Wednesday, following US troops pulling back from the area. This action has been condemned by world leaders, with Prime Minister Boris Johnson speaking to US President Donald Trump and expressing “serious concern at Turkey’s invasion of northeast Syria and the risk of a humanitarian catastrophe in the region.”Why is Turkey fighting the Kurds in Syria?Turkey feels threatened by the military wing of the Syrian Kurdish Democratic Union Party (PYD) - the People’s Protection Units (YPG).The Turkish government states the YPG is a branch of the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) - which are considered a terrorist group by the EU and US, and have battled for Kurdish autonomy in Turkey since 1984.However, the YPG and PKK both deny being joint entities, despite sharing similar beliefs.Turkey’s depiction of the YPG is refuted by the US, as they … [Read more...] about Turkey invades Syria: Why is Turkey fighting the Kurds in Syria?
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Turkish Foreign Ministry spokesman Hami Aksoy announced on 15 December that Turkey will utilise its "legitimate right to self-defence" and continue conducting airstrikes against Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) targets in Iraq, if the latter doesn't fulfil its obligations in combating the militant group outlawed by Ankara. © AP Photo / Anatolia, Kenan GurbuzIraq Summons Turkish Envoy Over Airstrikes Allegedly Conducted in Its Airspace The statement comes amid Turkey continuing its air raids in northern Iraq on 15 December in spite of the protests from Baghdad. Turkish armed forces reported the killing of 7 PKK members, while Friday they reported death of 8 militants. It's unclear whether the initial number was incorrect, or seven more militants were killed on 15 December. Iraq summoned Turkish ambassador Fatih Yildiz on 14 December to lodge protests against the violation of Iraqi airspace … [Read more...] about Turkey Vows to Continue Airstrikes in Iraq Despite Baghdad’s Protest
CEYLANPINAR, Turkey — The Turkish invasion of Kurdish-held territory in northern Syria raised new fears of a resurgence of the Islamic State on Friday, as five militants escaped from a Kurdish-run prison and the extremist group claimed responsibility for a bomb that exploded in the regional capital. As Turkish troops launched a third night of airstrikes and ground incursions, Kurdish fighters said they had thwarted a second attempt to break out of a detention camp for families of Islamic State members. The moves compounded a mounting sense of turmoil in northeast Syria, where tens of thousands of residents were reported fleeing south. The Turkish government said its troops had advanced 5 miles inside part of the country. Several major roads had been blocked and a major hospital abandoned. Since Wednesday, Turkish forces have pummeled Kurdish-held territory with airstrikes and sent in ground troops, trying to seize land controlled by a Kurdish-led militia, the Syrian Democratic … [Read more...] about Islamic State Rears Its Head, Adding to Chaos as Turkey Battles Kurds
WASHINGTON -- A senior U.S. delegation faces the herculean task of pressuring Turkey to accept a cease-fire in Northern Syria, hours after U.S. President Donald Trump declared the U.S. has no stake in defending Kurdish fighters who died by the thousands as America's partners against Islamic State extremists. Vice-President Mike Pence, heading a U.S. delegation that includes Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and White House national security adviser Robert O'Brien, is set to arrive in Turkey Thursday afternoon, a day after Trump dismissed the very crisis he sent his aides on an emergency mission to douse. Trump suggested Wednesday that a Kurdish group was a greater terror threat than the Islamic State group, and he welcomed the efforts of Russia and the Assad government to fill the void left after he ordered the removal of nearly all U.S. troops from Syria amid a Turkish assault on the Kurds. "Syria may have some help with Russia, and that's fine," Trump said. "They've got a lot of sand … [Read more...] about U.S. delegation to seek a cease-fire with Turkey and Kurds
Fabius Refuses to Answer Press Q If Turkey Bombing Kurds Meets France's 3 Conditions published: 30 Sep 2015 views: 364 Fabius Claims Three France Conditions for Strikes, Turkey on Kurds UNanswered By Matthew Russell Lee UNITED NATIONS, September 30 -- When French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius walked into the UN Security Council on September 30 he was asked about Russia\'s airstrikes in Syria. He did not answer. But on almost no notice, he appeared in the UN Press Briefing Room later than morning, saying that France has three \"conditions\" for airstrikes. Inner City Press asked, three times, if Turkey\'s bombing of the Kurds meets France\'s conditions. Fabius refused to answer, even as some scribes traveling with him noted he should answer. He\'d said, in French (as transcribed by InnerCityPro - the French only send their transcription to some UN correspondents) \"Simplement, nous avions observe que il y avait des critiques formules, a l’egard de beaucoup, les americains, les … [Read more...] about Kurds Call For Larger French Role After U.S. Leaves Syria
The US President’s astonishing remarks came as Turkey unleashed a series of airstrikes on Kurdish backed Syrian Defence Force (SDF) targets in northern Syria. Fears that Mr Trump’s decision to pull US troops out of the war-ravaged region would leave the Kurds vulnerable to attack from the Turkish forces were realised as President Recep Tayyip Erdogan ordered the launch of a full military offensive. As Turkish troops bombarded and advanced into the region, activists and observers have reported multiple civilian casualties. Ankara insists the long-planned operation is designed to protect citizens from a security threat posed by Kurdish fighters who it views as terrorists even though they fought alongside US troops in a bloody and hard-won ground campaign against ISIS in which they lost around 11,000 personnel. Mr Trump’s decision to pull US forces out has been widely criticised internationally but his attempts to defend their withdrawal has been met with astonishment. … [Read more...] about Donald Trump silences reporter with claim Kurds ‘didn’t help us in the Second World War’