Germany halts arms exports to Turkey following offensive in Syria - Foreign Minister

Daniel Fowler
October 13, 2019

The ministry provided the latest figure on Twitter amid Turkey's Operation Peace Spring, which it said continued successfully throughout the night.

The Turkey-backed fighters have denied her killing, saying they had not advanced that far, according to Reuters news agency.

The commander of the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces told a senior USA diplomat, "You are leaving us to be slaughtered", demanding to know whether the United States is going to do anything to protect Syrian Kurds as Turkey continues its military operation targeting America's Kurdish allies in Syria.

Asked about the accusation that Turkey-backed groups had killed Khalaf, the spokesman for the Turkey-backed National Army, which groups Syrian rebel factions, said they had not made it as far as the highway known as the M4.

The United Nations on Friday said 100,000 people have been displaced by Turkey's operation, with the World Food Program (WFP) warning of a impending humanitarian crisis in Syria's border region.

"Some names and photos were obtained by Rojava Information Center and OSINT researchers following opposition Telegram channels in Afrin, others were provided by the Foreign Relations Bureau of North-East Syria, and others identified in research presented at the International Forum on ISIS", said the RiC report.

Civilian casualties also were reported in the Turkish-Syrian border region.

"This is a clear evidence that the Turkish state is continuing its criminal policy towards unarmed civilians", it added.

"They know exactly where USA forces are", Milley said at a joint Pentagon news conference with Defense Secretary Mark Esper.

Turkey and its allied fighters began the offensive on Wednesday to push back the Kurdish Peoples' Protection Units (YPG), the backbone of the SDF, from its border.

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Turkey's assault on the Kurdish-controlled region of northeastern Syria has raised global alarm over its mass displacement of civilians and the possibility of a revival by Islamic State in Syria.

"It is out of the question that any fire targeted the U.S.'s observation post", the ministry said in a written statement.

The Turks aim to established a 20-mile strip of territory along its 566-mile border with Syria where it will relocate the 3.6 million Syrian refugees still in Turkish territories.

"We had been there for months, and it is the most clearly defined position in that entire area", the officer said. On Saturday, in an interview with German broadcaster Deutsche Welle, Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu refused the idea of mediation with the Kurds.

Germany, also a North Atlantic Treaty Organisation ally, said it was banning arms exports to Turkey and the head of the Arab League denounced the offensive.

Turkey said 415 YPG militants had been "neutralized" since the operation began, a term that commonly means killed. It did not say if any Islamic State prisoners there had escaped.

Meanwhile, France is halting exports of any arms to Turkey that could be used in its offensive against Kurds in Syria, and wants an immediate meeting of the US-led coalition against Islamic State extremists.

McClure said that the Turkish attack that President Recep Tayyip Erdogan launched on October 9 against the Kurdish-led forces has led to a humanitarian crisis.

A auto bomb claimed by IS also went off Friday in Qamishli, one of the main cities in the Kurdish region, killing at least six people, officials and the Observatory said.

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