Heavy combating continues as Turkey presses forward with its navy operation towards Kurdish fighters in northeast Syria, now in its sixth day.
President Recep Tayyip Erdogan says the offensive goals to take away the Kurdish-led forces from the border space and create a “secure zone” to which thousands and thousands of Syrian refugees may be returned.
The transfer got here after america introduced it was withdrawing its troops from the realm, leaving the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), its important ally within the battle towards the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL or ISIS) armed group, with out US navy assist.
Turkey’s defence ministry confirmed the primary dying amongst Turkey’s troopers on Friday, whereas heavy clashes between Turkish forces and the SDF are underneath approach in Syrian border cities.
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Monday, October 14
Syrian military deploys to city close to Raqqa, says state media
The Syrian military has deployed to the city of Tabqa close to Raqqa, Syrian state tv reported.
The transfer restores the state’s foothold in an space that’s residence to a serious hydroelectric dam.
Backed by america, the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) battled for weeks to take Tabqa and the close by dam from Islamic State in 2017.
The deployment adopted an settlement between the Syrian authorities and the Kurdish-led forces for the Syrian military to deploy into the realm.
Erdogan says US Syria withdrawal ‘optimistic’
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has welcomed the announcement a day earlier by Washington that it was pulling out 1,000 troops from northern Syria.
“This can be a optimistic strategy,” Erdogan informed reporters, when requested concerning the assertion from US Pentagon chief Mark Esper.
Erdogan indicators imminent entry of Turkish-backed forces into Kobane and Manbij
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has mentioned that he doesn’t count on there shall be issues with President Bashar al-Assad’s important ally Russia, after Syrian authorities troops deployed to the nation’s northeast.
“There can be no drawback in Kobane. We’re coordinating with Russians. We’re decisive about Manbij. We’ll about to enter with the opposition forces,” mentioned Erdogan.
The developments got here after Damascus reached an settlement on Sunday evening with the Kurdish-led forces controlling the area to deploy into the realm to counter an assault by Turkey.
Syrian military deploys to city in nation’s northeast after Kurdish deal
Syrian military troops have entered the city of Tal Tamer in northeastern Syria, state media reported.
The developments come after Damascus reached an settlement with the Kurdish-led forces controlling the area to deploy into the realm to counter an assault by Turkey.
Tal Tamer is on a strategically essential freeway, the M4, that runs east to west. Turkish forces mentioned that they had seized the freeway on Sunday.
Tel Tamer is 35 km (20 miles) southeast of Ras al-Ain, one of many focal factors of the Turkish assault.
France: EU should think about Turkish arms embargo
France’s overseas minister has reiterated requires European Union overseas ministers to sentence Turkey’s offensive in Syria.
Jean-Yves Le Drian additionally referred to as for an arms embargo on Ankara and requested that america maintain a gathering of the coalition towards the Islamic State [ISIL].
“This offensive goes to trigger severe humanitarian devastation,” Le Drian mentioned as he arrived for a gathering along with his EU counterparts in Luxembourg.
“France expects from this assembly … a selected demand to finish the offensive … a agency place on arms exports to Turkey and … that america holds a gathering of the worldwide coalition (towards Islamic State),” he informed reporters.
France says securing navy in Syria as US begins withdrawal
France has mentioned it was taking measures to make sure the protection of its navy and civilians in northeastern Syria as america begins to withdraw forces from the realm.
France has been one of many important allies within the US-led coalition combating ISIL.
“Measures shall be taken within the coming hours to make sure the protection of French navy and civilian personnel current within the zone as a part of the worldwide coalition combating Islamic State and humanitarian motion,” the French presidency mentioned in an announcement after an emergency defence cupboard assembly. It didn’t present additional particulars.
A regional diplomatic supply informed Reuters on Thursday that Paris was getting ready to tug out its a number of hundred particular forces. They’re working intently with Kurdish-led forces, who at the moment are the goal of Turkey’s offensive in northern Syria. French support staff are additionally within the zone.
Sunday, October 13
Kurds announce take care of Damascus
The Kurdish administration in northern Syria introduced a take care of the Damascus authorities on a Syrian troop deployment close to the border with Turkey to confront Ankara’s offensive.
“As a way to stop and confront this aggression, an settlement has been reached with the Syrian authorities… in order that the Syrian military can deploy alongside the Syrian-Turkish border to help the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF),” the Kurdish administration mentioned in an announcement on its Fb web page.
Of their assertion the Kurds mentioned that the settlement struck with the Damascus authorities “paves the way in which to liberate the remainder of the Syrian cities occupied by the Turkish military resembling Afrin”, a majority Kurdish enclave within the northwest.
Syrian Kurds ‘agree to permit Assad troops into Kobane’
Common Ismet Sheikh Hasan, an official in Kurdish-controlled Kobane, informed the Russian information company RT that Syrian Kurds have reached an settlement with Russia to permit Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s troops into Kobane.
Hassan, the minister of protection of the Autonomous Administration of North and East Syria, also called Rojava, mentioned Russian and Syrian authorities troops might enter Kobane and Manbij by Sunday evening to assist safe the cities from a Turkish-led offensive in northern Syria.
“We agreed with the Russians and the [Assad] regime to enter Kobane tonight,” Hassan informed RT.
“We did every part we might,” he mentioned. “We have now referred to as upon the West [and] the Arab League however nobody is coming to assist, so we’ve got nobody apart from ourselves to defend [Kobane].
“We agreed with the regime and the Russians to return to Kobane,” he added.
Neither the SDF nor Russia have confirmed such an settlement exists.