Turkish military forces has reportedly crossed the border and begun their offensive in northeastern Syria. The confirmation of the begining of the Turkish offensive comes directly from the Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. He confirmed in one of his tweets that his Army is moving to the Syria, just days after the Trump administration announced it was pulling US troops back from the border area.
“Turkish Armed Forces together with the Syrian National Army against PKK / YPG and Daesh terrorist organizations in northern Syria #BarışPınarıHarekatı has started. Our aim is to destroy the terror corridor which is trying to be established on our southern border and to bring peace and peace to the region,” Erdogan tweeted.
The Turkish Armed Forces, together with the Syrian National Army, just launched #OperationPeaceSpring against PKK/YPG and Daesh terrorists in northern Syria. Our mission is to prevent the creation of a terror corridor across our southern border, and to bring peace to the area.
— Recep Tayyip Erdoğan (@RTErdogan) October 9, 2019
“#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,” Erdogan added.
Turkish soldiers have been seen arriving in a town on Turkey’s border with Syria, just hours after the defense ministry said it had completed preparations to launch a military operation in north-east Syria. Turkish government communications director, Fahrettin Altun, said this morning that the Turkish Army will fight side-by-side with the rebel Free Syrian Army.
In the meantime, Syrian Democratic Forces, which have vowed to defend itself against any perceived Turkish incursion called on the US-led coalition and the international community to implement a no-fly zone over northern Syria similar to the one implemented in Iraq.
The Syrian Democratic Forces, commonly abbreviated to SDF, HSD, and QSD, is an alliance in the Syrian Civil War composed primarily of Kurdish, Arab, and Assyrian/Syriac militias, as well as some smaller Armenian, Turkmen and Chechen forces. The estimated number is around 100,000 soldiers.