Erdogan Announces Liberation of Syria ‘Safe Zone’; Kurdish Counter-Attack
PANAGYURISHTE, (BM) – Your briefly report on October 15 in last twelve hours from BulgarianMilitary.com:
Erdogan announces liberation of Syria ‘safe zone’, ready for refugees to return
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has today announced the securement of liberated territory for the planned safe zone in Syria, with a length of 444 kilometres and a depth of 32 kilometres.
Speaking at the side-lines of the 7th summit of the Turkish Council, the meeting of Turkic nations based in the Azerbaijani capital Baku, Erdogan declared: “We are now announcing the establishment of a safe area 444km from west to east and 32km from north to south, to which the refugees in our country will return.”
He accused world leaders of betraying the mission of establishing the safe zone for the benefit of Syrian refugees, saying that Turkey’s “support so far to nearly 4 million protection seekers in our country is known, and our expenses exceeded $40 billion.” He then said that he called out world leaders who, when the time came to give their support, gave out not a “penny out of their pockets”.
He also iterated the importance of the Turkish Council, noting that “the weight of structures such as the Turkish Council in world politics is increasing,” and stressed the importance of becoming more united politically and economically. “We should take measures to reduce the pressure of foreign exchange on our economies. I want to underline the importance we attach to local currency trading. Quotas are unfortunately one of the biggest obstacles to our trade. As the Turkish Council, we need to remove the quotas between us.”
Kurds launch counteroffensive, gain back control over Ras al-Ayn in northern Syria — media
The Kurdish People’s Protection Units (YPG) has taken Ras al-Ayn back under their control in a counteroffensive after Turkish troops and their allies captured this border town on October 12, the al-Hadath TV channel reported on Tuesday.
According to the channel, there has been fierce fighting between the Kurds and the Turkish-backed Syrian armed opposition units in Ras al-Ayn’s outskirts. The YPG units are currently engaged in an assault in the nearby town of Tell Halaf controlled by the so-called Free Syrian Army. Reports on clashes are also emerging from the border town of Kobane situated on the eastern bank of the Euphrates River.
On Monday, Kurdish troops thwarted the enemy’s plans to cut off a strategic highway running along the border and connecting Syria’s northern city of Aleppo with Al Hasakah, the capital of the Al-Hasakah Province. The attack by the Turkish forces and their allies was repelled. Syrian army units reached the highway near the town of Tel Tamer (30 km away from the border) on Monday. The forces were deployed to the north of the Al-Hasakah Province in agreement with the Kurdish autonomy’s authorities.
On October 9, Turkey launched a new military operation in northern Syria dubbed Peace Spring, which began with airstrikes on positions of Kurdish units. The objective is to create a buffer zone in northern Syria where Syrians refugees could return, Ankara claims. The buffer zone will also establish a security belt along the Turkish border. The Syrian SANA news agency branded the operation as aggression, while the international community condemned Ankara’s actions.
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Source: TASS, MEMO