USA imposes sanctions on Turkey over Syria operation

USA imposes sanctions on Turkey over Syria operation”

"Turkish people believe that the operation will target only terrorists and their hideouts, and Turkey many times insisted that this is not an invasion, not an incursion, not a war, and does not actually aim to invade Syria for good". President Trump's action has been widely condemned for altering the balance of power in the region. We have thousands of them.

Due to the U.S withdrawal, Russian military forces are now patrolling areas of fighting in northeastern Syria between Turkish and Kurdish troops.

Syrian troops waved flags in the streets after they rolled into Manbij, a flashpoint town west of the Euphrates River that Turkey had been aiming to capture and wrest from Kurdish control.

A USA military spokesman, Col. Myles B. Caggins, confirmed United States troops had completed their pullout from Manbij.

The American move effectively abandoned the Kurdish fighters, whom Washington had previously relied upon to wage a ground war against the Islamic State, and opened the door for the Turkish invasion aimed at crushing the Kurds. "Shifting the agenda to the war in Syria is an attempt to play at the Turkish sense of nationalism and insecurity, [but] the game plan has been shredded by Russian Federation".

The defence ministry said Russian forces were continuing to patrol border areas along the "line of contact" between Syrian and Turkish forces.

"The security of the Turkish-Syrian border must be ensured by the deployment of Syrian government troops along its entire length", said Lavrentiev.

The so-called Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said USA warplanes had targeted a column of Syrian troops in the city of Raqqah in an apparent attempt to hinder their deployment to the north.

Russian Federation is a key ally of President Bashar al-Assad and launched a military intervention in 2015 in support of his forces.

Turkish troops and their allied Syrian militias were gathering near the town. It said at least 69 civilians have been killed in Syria.

With Turkey defying growing condemnation from its North Atlantic Treaty Organisation allies to press ahead with its invasion, Turkish soldiers pass a truck transporting armored personnel carriers at the border with Syria in Karkamis, southeastern Turkey, Oct. 15, 2019. European governments in particular are anxious that the chaos in the area could lead to mass breakouts by thousands of IS fighters detained by Kurdish forces.

"Despite the opposition and repeated warnings from the United States and the global community, Turkish President Erdogan ordered a unilateral invasion of northern Syria that has resulted in widespread casualties, refugees, destruction, insecurity and a growing threat to USA military forces", Esper said, adding Erdogan will bear full responsibility for an Islamic State resurgence or a humanitarian crisis.

Turkey-backed Syrian rebel fighters take pictures with mobile phones at the border town of Tel Abyad, Syria, October 14, 2019.

According to the official, Turkish-backed militia fighters "came very close" to a base used by US and Kurdish forces, putting the USA forces at risk.

Canada on Tuesday announced it had temporarily suspended "new export permits" to Turkey, particularly of military equipment, in response to Ankara's offensive into northern Syria.

China calls on Turkey to halt military operations and return to the right track of seeking political solutions, a foreign ministry spokesman said Tuesday. Yesterday, Vice President Mike Pence said he is being sent on a mission with the national security adviser.

He also confronted the view, espoused directly by President Trump, that the US should pull out of the region rather serving as the 'world's policeman'. "Therefore, at the president's direction, the Department of Defense is executing a deliberate withdrawal of US military personnel from northeast Syria".

"I have been perfectly clear with President Erdogan: Turkey's action is precipitating a humanitarian crisis and setting conditions for possible war crimes", he said.

Other soldiers said Turkey's anger about the United States teaming up with Kurdish forces had been managed for more than two years and could continue to be contained.

An invasion of north-eastern Syria by Turkey last week after Trump announced the withdrawal of USA forces on Twitter has resulted in numerous reports of detained Isis fighters breaking out of - or simply walking away from - prisons where they had been held by Kurdish fighters formerly allied with the U.S. who are now under attack from Turkish forces. State television broadcast footage of what it said was government troops entering the city on Tuesday.

A U.S. Air Force F-15E Strike Eagle descends after receiving fuel from a KC-10 Extender, assigned to the 908th Expeditionary Air Refueling Squadron, out of Al Dhafra Air Base, United Arab Emirates, above an undisclosed location, September 1, 2019. But they gain protection: So far, Turkey appears reluctant to clash with Syrian forces wherever they move in.

Turkish-backed fighters have denied blame for her murder.

American F-15s and Apache helicopters carried out a "show of force" in Syria on Tuesday after Turkish-backed militia fighters "came very close" to a US base, according to a USA official.

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