Erdogan announces start of military operation in Syria

The operation began with airstrikes on positions of Kurdish SNC militias in the area of Ras al-Ain.
Turkish President Recep Erdogan on Wednesday, October 9, announced the start of a new military operation in Syria called “Source of Peace.”The Turkish Armed Forces together with the Syrian National Army launched an operation “Source of Peace” against terrorist PKK (Kurdistan Workers’ Party), SNA (YPG) and Daesh (The Arabic name for the Islamic State group),” the Turkish leader said on Twitter.

Erdogan also announced that the goal of the new operation of the Turkish Armed Forces is “the destruction of the terrorist corridor that they tried to create along the border of the republic, as well as to achieve peace and stability in the region.”

“Operation “Channel of Peace” will eliminate the terrorist threat against Turkey, create a security zone where Syrian refugees will return. The operation is also aimed at protecting the territorial integrity of Syria,” he said.

According to CNN Turk, the operation began with airstrikes by the Turkish Air Force on the positions of The Kurdish SNA formations. According to the TV channel, F-16 aircraft carried out strikes in the area of ras al-Ain. Reuters, citing sources in the army of the republic, notes that in the future artillery units will join the operation.

It is worth noting that before the operation Erdogan had a conversation with Russian President Vladimir Putin.

The exchange of views on the Syrian issue continues, including taking into account the agreements reached in September in Ankara during the meeting of the leaders of the guarantor states of the Astana Process. In light of Turkey’s announced plans for a military operation in northeastern Syria, Vladimir Putin called on the Turkish partners to carefully weigh the situation in order not to harm the overall efforts to resolve the Syrian crisis,” the statement reads. Kremlin’s message.

Turkey has reportedly launched unilateral military operations in the “safe zone” in northeastern Syria. At the same time, the U.S. began to withdraw troops from the region.

As you know, Turkey has already conducted two military operations in Syria: the Euphrates Shield and the Olive Branch. As a result, a security buffer zone was established between the border towns of Aazaz and Jarablus, as well as the occupation of Afrin.