Erdogan Announces Start of Military Operation in Syria

Middle East

Earlier on Wednesday, Turkish President Erdogan and Russian President Putin talked on the phone and agreed on the importance of ensuring the unity and territorial integrity of Syria and respect for its sovereignty.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has announced the start of Operation Peace Spring in northeastern Syria.

​Mr Erdogan added that the operation is aimed against the Kurdistan Workers’ Party and Daesh* and is meant to protect Syria’s territorial integrity.

Turkey’s Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu took to Twitter to explain the reason for Operation Peace Spring in Syria.

​Syria Reacts to Start of Turkish Military Operation

Syria’s state TV has confirmed that the Turkish army launched an operation in the country’s north by carrying out an airstrike on the city of Ras al-Ain. According to a statement by the Syrian Democratic Forces’ press service, Turkish warplanes launched airstrikes on civilian areas, causing panic among the local population.

According to Turkey’s NTV news channel, two mortar shells hit the border town of Ceylanpinar, no casualties have been reported. 

Erdogan Talks to Putin 

Earlier on Wednesday, Russian and Turkish presidents Vladimir Putin and Recep Tayyip Erdogan talked on the phone and noted the importance of ensuring the unity and territorial integrity of Syria and respect for its sovereignty, the Kremlin said.

According to the deputy chairman of the Russian upper…

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