Turkish President has announced the launch of a new military operation against the Kurdish People’s Defense Units (YPG) in northern Syria. The Operation Peace Spring against the YPG and the terrorist militia Islamic State (IS) has begun, wrote Erdogan on Wednesday on Twitter. It should eliminate the terror corridor on the Turkish border and create peace and tranquility.
The news agency Bloomberg had previously reported, citing an unnamed representative of the Turkish government, that the first units of the Turkish army in two places had already crossed the border with Syria. These are the places Ras al-Ain and Tall Abyad, which are 120 kilometers away.
Another indication that the beginning of the operation is imminent was given on Wednesday morning by Fahrettin Altun, communications’ director of the Turkish president. He wrote on Twitter that Turkish units would soon cross the border with the Free Syrian Army. Turkish media reported on Wednesday that there were 14,000 Arab and Kurdish fighters.
On Tuesday, Parliament created the legal framework for the operation by extending for one year the authorization for the Turkish army to conduct cross-border operations.
The administration of the Kurdish autonomous region Rojava in northern Syria had already called civilians on Wednesday for general mobilization. All civilians should go to the border with Turkey, the statement said.
It is still unclear, whether the US troops are present in Kurdish area in the north of Syria. Well informed source told that Ankara was on halt for the green light from the White House that the American special forces, previously trained and accompanied the Kurdish militias in the fight against the Islamic state, would withdraw from the alleged combat area and act passively, before the Turkish forces launch the military operation in the region.
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