Ankara has announced plans to expand the so-called security zone deeper into northern Syria, after rebels – backed by Turkey's tanks and air force as part of the ongoing Operation Euphrates Shield – achieved a “strategic and symbolic” victory against ISIS.
Turkish tanks and other armored vehicles have entered Syria’s northern province of Aleppo and shelled Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS/ISIL) positions in the area, opening up yet another battlefront within the last two weeks, various media outlets reported.
Ankara has summoned the US ambassador to Turkey to explain Washington’s “unacceptable” comments about Turkey’s anti-ISIS operation in Syria, rejecting any talk of a ceasefire with the US-backed Kurdish militia and vowing to “eliminate all threats.”
Turkey sees two goals in its Syrian military operation - to thwart the threat posed by Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS/ISIL), and to prevent a kind of Kurdish enclave on its southern border Middle East affairs expert Ali Rizk told RT.
Ankara-backed Islamist units have reportedly mobilized on the Turkish side of the Syrian border to launch an assault on Jarablus, aiming to prevent the US-backed Kurdish-dominant SDF from capturing the town from Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS/ISIL) terrorists.
Around 30 Kurdish activists took part in a peaceful protest at a regional WRD television station in the German city of Duesseldorf on Thursday night. The demonstrators were trying to draw attention to the plight of Kurds in Turkey.