Turkey launches ‘Operation Peace Spring’ ground invasion to not-so-peacefully wipe out Kurdish fighters in Syria
The Turkish military and its Syrian proxies have begun ground operations into Kurdish-held northeastern Syria following airstrikes, Turkey’s defense ministry announced on Wednesday.
So far, the Defense Department has not issued a statement about Turkey’s invasion of Syria, which is officially called “Operation Peace Spring.”
Prior to the invasion, the U.S. military moved around 50 special operators to bases elsewhere in Syria. U.S. and Turkish forces had been conducting joint patrols to make sure that Kurdish fighters with People’s Protection Units, or YPG, withdrew from the Turkish border and dismantled their fortifications. But late on Sunday, the White House announced that U.S. troops would withdraw from the region because Turkey planned to launch a military operation into northeast Syria.
A Turkish miltary convoy is pictured in Kilis near the Turkish-Syrian border, Turkey, October 9, 2019.
(Mehmet Ali Dag/ Ihlas News Agency (IHA) via Reuters)
President Donald Trump’s acquiescence to the Turkish invasion has caused several Republican lawmakers to express alarm that the United States is showing it will not stand by its friends.
“I think it sends a terrible message to our partners around the world,” said Rep. Michael Waltz (R-Fla.), who is also a Green Beret.
“I was on the ground working with locals when President Obama announced the [Afghanistan] surge – but then in the same speech told everyone we were leaving. That was devastating in our partnership because people are risking their lives to work with you.”
On any given day, U.S. special operators are working with local allies in between 60 to 80 countries, said Waltz, who is serving as a lieutenant …read more
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