RadioOnFire.com – Turkey launched a major military operation in northeastern Syria on Wednesday, prompting alarm and despair among the Kurdish fighters who have been crucial U.S. allies in the war on the Islamic State group.
The announcement came three days after President Donald Trump agreed to move American troops out of the region to clear the way for Ankara. “The Turkish Armed Forces, together with the Syrian National Army, just launched Operation Peace Spring,” Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan tweeted.
“Our mission is to prevent the creation of a terror corridor across our southern border, and to bring peace to the area.” Minutes before Erdogan’s announcement, Turkish jets began pounding suspected positions of Syrian Kurdish forces in the town of Ras al Ayn, the Associated Press reported, citing Turkish media and Syrian activists.
“There is a huge panic among people in the region,” said Mustafa Bali, a spokesman for Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces, which has been working alongside around 1,000 Americans to defeat and contain ISIS.
Source NBC News