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Turkey starts offensive against Kurdish militias in northern Syria

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Erdogan announced on Wednesday the start of the offensive against Kurdish militias in northeastern Syria, which aims to eradicate the “terrorist threat,” an action rejected by the Government of Damascus, because it violates its sovereignty.

The president said that the Turkish armed forces began the operation “Source of Peace” in northern Syria to prevent “the creation of a terrorist corridor along our southern border, and bring peace to the area.”

For its part, the UN Security Council will hold an emergency meeting closed Thursday to address the military situation in Turkey, diplomatic sources said.

The meeting, claimed by the European members of the Council (Belgium, France, Germany, Poland and the United Kingdom), will take place after another meeting, also behind closed doors, on Colombia, according to the same sources.

On the other hand, the Syrian Foreign Ministry strongly condemned the hostile intentions shown by the Turkish government and the concentration of troops on the border, as they constitute a flagrant violation of international law and United Nations resolutions, which defend unity, integrity and sovereignty of the Arab country.

He said the aggressive behavior of President Erdogan’s regime clearly shows Turkish expansionist ambitions in Syrian territory and cannot be justified under any pretext, according to the Syrian news agency SANA.

The Syrian Foreign Ministry held some Kurdish organizations responsible for the situation because of their subordination to the United States, referring to Syrian Kurdish militias, backed by Washington.

According to Turkish television reports, planes had bombed Kurdish positions in Syria across the border with Turkey.

“Turkish aviation launches heavy bombardment against the city of Ras al Ein, in the northwest of Al Hasaka province, there are also artillery attacks,” Syrian state television reported.

“The Turkish attack has also reached the town of Ayen Issa in the northern Raqqa camp,” said the Syrian agency SANA.

In this operation against the PKK / YPG (Kurdistan Workers Party / Popular Protection Units) and the terrorists of the Islamic State participate members of the Syrian National Army, a group that is an ally of the Government of Ankara.

For its part, Syria had previously condemned in the strongest terms the aggressive intentions of the Turkish regime and the concentration of its military on the Syrian border.

NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg called on Turkey, a member of the Alliance, on Wednesday to “moderation” in his operation launched in northern Syria as it does not jeopardize the fight that the agency undertook against the jihadists.

The offensive, which launched Turkey in northeastern Syria, will aggravate the crisis in the Arab country and cause a new wave of refugees, said Huseín Amir Abdolahian, an advisor to the president of the Iranian Parliament.

“The Turkish operation in Syria further complicates the situation,” he wrote on his Twitter account.

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Turkey calls on Greece to let migrants into the EU

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“Greece! I call on you. Open your doors too and free yourself from that burden,” said President Recep Tayyip Erdogan in a speech in Istanbul.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan urged Greece on Sunday to “open its doors” to the thousands of migrants waiting on Turkish territory to enter the European Union (EU).

“Greece! I’m calling on you. Open your doors too and free yourself from that burden”, said Erdogan in a televised speech in Istanbul.

“Hey Greece, these people will not stay with you, they will stay in another country in Europe, after passing through you. Why do you bother?” he urged.

“Hey Greece, I’m calling you, open your doors too and let them go to other European countries. There are 1.5 million refugees on our doorstep,” Erdogan said in a televised speech.

Ergodan’s statement comes after Greece accused Turkey of breaking down the border fence to facilitate the passage of migrants and refugees.

The Greek government released a video on Sunday showing what appears to be a Turkish military vehicle anchoring a cable to the Greek border fence and then towing it down. The video was recorded on Friday night.

The incident is expected to increase tension between the two countries, after the Turkish authorities announced the opening of the border to facilitate the passage of migrants and refugees to Europe.

With tensions escalating in the Syrian province of Idlib, which borders Turkey, Ankara opened its borders to the EU last week for refugees, saying it could no longer contain the flow of migrants from Syria.

The EU rejected the measure, calling it “migratory pressure for political purposes”, and called on Turkey to return to the migration agreement signed in 2016.

This pact provides for the granting of financial assistance to Turkey for the reception of refugees, the return to Turkey of all migrants who entered Greece illegally from Turkish territory and the reception in the EU of Syrian legal migrants from Turkey.

Erdogan announced that he would meet with European Union representatives tomorrow (Monday) to discuss migration, reiterating his call for more aid to deal with the millions of refugees Turkey is hosting from Syria.

The Turkish President will travel tomorrow to Brussels where he will meet from 17.00 GMT with the President of the European Council, Charles Michel, and the President of the European Commission, Ursula von der Leyen.

“We hoped to get much more support from the international community as far as refugees are concerned. Tomorrow I will meet members of the European Union in Belgium. We will discuss these issues,” Erdogan said in a speech in Istanbul.

Turkey is hosting some 3.6 million refugees from its southern neighbour, Syria, which has been in a civil war since 2011.

More than one million migrants, mostly from the Middle East and Asia, arrived in the European Union in 2015 and 2016 via Turkey and Greece, until an agreement between Brussels and Ankara stopped the flow in March 2016.

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Eastern Libyan Parliament breaks off relations with Turkey

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There is currently a duality of powers in Libya: the interim government, which controls the eastern part of the country along with the parliament, and the UN-backed National Accord Government in Tripoli (northwest).

The Parliament of Eastern Libya, as one of the powers controlling the eastern part of the African country, which has two divided governments, approved on Saturday the breaking of relations with Turkey, after Ankara voted on Thursday to send troops to that nation.

In addition, the embassies between the two countries were ordered to be closed and these decisions were taken unanimously by the Libyan MPs.

Meanwhile, the commander of the Libyan National Army, Marshal Khalifa Haftar, who commands one of the powers in the African country, and supported by the Libyan parliament, announced the general mobilization to resist the foreign troops before.

“Today we declare Jihad (holy war) and general mobilization. Weapons will be given to both men and women, to the military and civilians,” the military chief said in a video address.

Turkey’s parliament on Thursday approved a plan to send troops in support of the UN-recognised Fayez al-Sarraj National Accord Government (NAG). Al Sarraj called for Turkish military cooperation to deal with the Libyan National Army offensive led by Haftar.

The approved plan gives a period of one year for the deployment of troops. The text does not define when it will be, nor how many troops will be deployed.

Haftar called the HLG a traitor for asking for Turkey’s help. “They signed an agreement of humiliation and disgrace with Turkey without any popular, constitutional or moral support,” he added.

Since the overthrow of Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi, Libya has been in the throes of a crisis generated by clashes between rival factions, the emergence of jihadist groups and mafias engaged in trafficking irregular migrants from Africa to Europe.

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Turkey and Algeria strengthen relations during Erdogan’s official visit

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Erdogan has said the situation in neighbouring Libya was the focus of the meeting with the Algerian president, where the Turkish head of state made it clear that his country faces the challenge of establishing peace and stability on Libyan territory.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan met on Sunday with his Algerian counterpart Abdelmadjid Tebboune as part of his official visit to the African country.

“It was a fruitful meeting with Tebboune. We discussed the common steps that could be taken in areas such as economy, trade, investment, the defense industry and tourism, among others, and the cooperation between the two countries,” said the Turkish leader.

Erdogan pointed out that the situation in neighbouring Libya was the central theme of the meeting with the Algerian president, where the Turkish head of state made it clear that his country faces the challenge of establishing peace and stability on Libyan territory.

“It is impossible for us to turn a blind eye to the spilled blood of our brothers in Libya and the overthrow of the legitimate government. We fully support the Libyan-sponsored political process under the leadership of the UN and the achievement of a ceasefire,” Erdogan said.

After the bilateral signature for the creation of a High Level Strategic Cooperation Council, the Turkish president said that Ankara will stand by Tripoli to prevent Libya “from becoming a playground for terrorist groups and warlords.

Erdogan’s visit to Algeria will allow the strengthening of bilateral relations from an economic and investment point of view, while several Turkish companies work in Algerian territory, mainly in trade, construction and services.

Nuray Buldan

An accomplished writer and debator, Nuray has a great passion for reporting news around Turkey. She is extremely well-versed in politics and especially the main issues today revolving around Erdoğan and the Syrian Turkish conflict. Beyond formal writing and reporting, Nuray also enjoys poetry and novels in both English and Turkish.

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