Turkish Troops and Artillery in Syria; Russian Special Forces Eliminate Enemy; Spain Arrests Terrorist

PANAGYURISHTE, (BM) – Your briefly report on October 10 in last twelve hours from BulgarianMilitary.com:

Turkey opens ground assault on Syria’s Kurds; U.S. Republicans turn on Trump

Turkish troops and their Syrian rebel allies attacked Kurdish militia in northeast Syria on Wednesday, pounding them with air strikes and artillery before starting a cross-border ground operation that could transform an eight-year-old war, Reuters reported.

The assault began days after U.S. President Donald Trump pulled American troops out of the way, prompting denunciations from senior members of his own Republican Party who say he abandoned the Syrian Kurds, loyal allies of Washington.

“The Turkish Armed Forces and the Syrian National Army have launched the land operation into the east of the Euphrates river as part of the Operation Peace Spring,” the Turkish defence ministry tweeted after nightfall, following a day of pounding the area from the air.

Turkish media reported troops entering Syria at four points, two of them close to the Syrian town of Tel Abyad and two close to Ras al Ain further east.

Turkey told the United Nations Security Council in a letter seen by Reuters that its military operation would be “proportionate, measured and responsible.” The 15-member body will meet on Thursday to discuss Syria at the request of the five European members, Britain, France, Germany, Belgium and Poland.

The 22-member Arab League said it will hold an emergency meeting on Saturday.

Thousands of people fled Ras al Ain towards Hasaka province, held by the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF). The Turkish air strikes killed at least five civilians and three fighters from the SDF and wounded dozens of civilians, the SDF said.

Reuters journalists at Akcakale on the Turkish side of the frontier watched as explosions struck Tel Abyad. After dark, the red flare of rockets could be seen fired across the border into Tel Abyad, and flames burned near the town. Explosions from Tel Abyad could be heard eight hours into the bombardment. A witness reached by telephone said civilians were fleeing en masse.

Special forces eliminate enemy subversive groups in Volga area drills

The commandos of Russia’s Central Military District eliminated a notional enemy’s subversive groups in non-residential buildings during drills in the Samara Region in the Volga area, the District’s press office reported on Wednesday.

Under the drills’ scenario, reconnaissance squads detected the enemy force in abandoned buildings. The commandos were assigned the task of launching a swift raid on several such buildings and capturing the ringleaders of armed groups alive.

“The servicemen advanced to the places of their special operation aboard Tigr-M SpN armored vehicles, launched their raid and seized secret documents and the armed groups’ ringleaders,” the press office states.

The tactical exercise involved more than 300 personnel and over 50 items of military and special hardware.

“Following the drills, the commandos received positive marks,” the press office comments.

Spain arrests PKK terrorist sought by Interpol

Spanish police arrested a most-wanted PKK terrorist on the Interpol’s red notice list by request of Turkey, Anadolu Agency reported.

Nasir Tur, a member of the PKK, was arrested during his vacation in a hotel room in southern Spain’s Granada province.

According to local press reports, Spanish police busted the terrorist, 57, on Tuesday at 8.30 a.m., local time (0630GMT).

After the legal process in Spain, Turkey must provide documents within 40 days to the Spanish authorities required for the terrorist’s extradition.

Spanish police are also alarmed due to the location of the arrest, as the country’s prime minister Pedro Sanchez was to attend a meeting in the same hotel.

In its more than 30-year terror campaign against Turkey, the PKK — listed as a terrorist organization by Turkey, the U.S. and the EU — has been responsible for the deaths of some 40,000 people, including women, children and infants. The YPG is the Syrian branch of the terrorist PKK.

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Source: Reuters, TASS, Anadolu Agency