Turkey announces new military offensive

says they want a 30-kilometer safe zone? along the entire Syrian border

Turkey will soon launch a new military operation in northern , President Erdogan said on Monday. Although he did not provide any details, the intrusion is likely to target areas held by US-backed Kurdish militias, as Turkey has already done on three occasions since 2016.

“We will soon take new steps regarding the incomplete parts of the project we started on the 30 km deep safe zone we established along our southern border,” Erdogan said after a meeting, according to the AP.

“The main target of these operations will be areas that are the center of attacks on our country and safe zones,” he added, according to . Operations will begin when Turkey’s military, intelligence and security forces complete their preparations, Erdogan said without further development.

Ankara has already sent troops to Syria three times, starting with Operation Euphrates Shield 2016. recent intrusion2019 Operation Peace Spring, was met by the United States sanctions and a word war between Erdogan and French President . Turkey currently controls parts of Syria’s Aleppo, Raqqa and Hasakah governments, in addition to supporting militants in Idlib.

Last month, Turkey also sent troops into Iraq, targeting Kurdish militias in the northern regions of Metina, Zap and Avasin-Basyan in what it called Operation Claw-Lock. Baghdad damned the operation as a violation of Iraqi sovereignty, but has been unable to do anything about it.

Turkey has accused the Syrian-Kurdish militia YPG of links to the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK), which Ankara has identified as a terrorist organization. Since 2015, the United States has used the YPG as a base for the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), a proximity militia they supply and deliver to fight Islamic State terrorists (IS, formerly ISIS) – and deny the liberated territory to the government in , such as Washington trying to overthrow.

Backed by as many as 2,000 U.S. troops, the SDF currently holds the northeastern part of Syria, including most of its oil wells and arable land.

Erdogan has recently raised objections to Finland and joining , due to the fact that the two Scandinavian governments have granted political asylum to a number of Kurdish activists whom Turkey considers terrorists.

(RT.com)

Source: sn.dk

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