Turkish army hits 181 targets during attack in northern Syria: ministry

Clay Curtis
October 13, 2019

Asked to comment on statements from European leaders criticizing Turkey's incursion and suggestions that the EU would not fund Turkey's plans for a safe zone, Cavusoglu said: "In this case we'd better let them, EU countries, take those refugees".

Pressure is building in the U.S. to stop Turkey continuing its offensive against Kurdish-held areas in Syria.

Erdogan also said that Turkish armed forces "neutralized" a total of 109 "terrorists" so far, referring to Kurdish militias.

Taking aim at the European Union and Arab powers Saudi Arabia and Egypt, which have voiced opposition to the operation, Erdogan said those objecting to Turkey's actions were dishonest.

After Turkey launched its operation, Britain, France and Germany called for an emergency UN Security Council meeting to be held on Thursday.

Mr Trump said at the time that the Kurds "fought with us" and "died with us", and insisted that America would never forget.

The SDF, which have little armour and no air force, are unlikely to hold out very long against Turkish firepower in the flat and open terrain they are defending.

"It's not clear what will happen to them, but unfortunately that may be the beginnings of the next generation of fighters".

Turkey, which staged two previous offensives into Syria since the start of the conflict, relies heavily on Syrian proxy fighters, many of whom once battled President Bashar al-Assad's troops.

After the U.N. Security Council met to discuss the fighting, the US ambassador to the United Nations said Turkey faced unspecified "consequences" if it did not meet its pledge to protect vulnerable populations or contain Islamic State fighters.

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Speaking to lawmakers from his Justice and Development Party in Ankara on October 10, Erdogan threatened to "open the gates" for Syrian refugees in his country to Europe, telling the European Union, "You can not label our operation as an invasion".

Turkish media said mortar and rocket fire from Syria struck the Turkish border towns of Ceylanpinar and Nusaybin.

In the United States, lawmakers continued to denounce the Turkish operation, calling on President Donald Trump to intervene against it. They are led by the Kurdish People's Protection Units (YPG), which Turkey considers a terrorist organization.

It also marked a stark change in rhetoric by Mr Trump, who during a press conference in NY previous year vowed to stand by the Kurds, who have been America's only allies in Syria fighting IS.

The action also has the potential for causing humanitarian and civilian distress, the MEA said in a statement.

President Donald Trump's decision to withdraw United States troops effectively triggered the Turkish incursion.

Syrian authorities allies Russian Federation and Iran each referred to as for an finish to the offensive.

At the gathering, Finland will call attention to Turkey's attack, its impact on refugees in the region, and the humanitarian needs of Syria.

Lavrov alleged that Turkey had not been able to properly raise its "legitimate concerns about the safety of its borders" with Damascus because of "the actions of the Americans and the coalition" east of the Euphrates River.

Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison said Thursday he had been in contact with the Turkish and USA governments overnight but admitted to being anxious about the situation.

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