Turkey Starts Military Operation In N Syria

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Added On October 11, 2019

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Turkey has launched a land operation into northern Syria against the Kurdish forces.
 
World News brings you the latest.
 
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Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan declared the beginning of the launch of Operation Peace Spring on Wednesday.
He tweeted that the Turkish Armed Forces, together with the Syrian National Army, launched the operation against the PKK (Kurdistan Workers' Party)/YPG (People's Protection Units) and Daesh (Islamic State) terrorists in northern Syria.
 
Erdogan said, quote "our mission is to prevent the creation of a terror corridor across our southern border, and to bring peace to the area".
 
Last Sunday, the White House said it will not support or be involved in the Turkish operation in northern Syria and will withdraw its troops from "the immediate area." The move was widely considered as "giving a green light" to the Turkish operation.  
 
U.S. President Donald Trump on Wednesday called the Turkish military operation in northern Syria "a bad idea," while defending his decision to withdraw U.S. troops from the region.
 
Turkey has long seen Kurdish militant groups, particularly the SDF and the YPG as separatists and terrorists in nature, citing their links with the Kurdistan Workers' Party or PKK which is listed as a terrorist organization by Turkey, the United States, and the European Union.