Russian Su-27s Into Seoul’s Air Space; Turkey May Resume Syria Assault; Iraq Doesn`t Want U.S. Troops
PANAGYURISHTE, (BM) – Your briefly report on October 22 in last twelve hours from BulgarianMilitary.com:
Six Russian warplanes enter Seoul’s air defense zone — South Korean ministry
Six Russian warplanes intruded into Seoul’s air defense identification zone on Tuesday, a spokesperson for the South Korean Defense Ministry told TASS on the phone.
According to the spokesperson, six aircraft of the Russian Aerospace Force (a Beriev A-50 plane, three Sukhoi Su-27 fighters and two Tupolev Tu-95 bombers) entered the zone north of Ulleungdo Island in the Sea of Japan at 09:23 local time (00:23 GMT) and left it seven minutes later. However, the aircraft entered the air defense zone several more times in the next six hours, the South Korean Defense Ministry claimed, pointing out that the Russian aircraft had not violated the country’s airspace.
According to the ministry’s spokesperson, Russian aircraft have entered South Korea’s air defense identification zone 20 times in 2019.
Earlier on Tuesday, an officer of the South Korean Joint Chiefs of Staff told the Yonhap news agency that a Russian warplane had intruded into the air defense zone and F-15K fighters had been scrambled to intercept it.
South Korea’s air defense identification zone includes not only the country’s airspace but also a segment of international airspace. The South Korean military demands that aircraft give early warnings about plans to enter the zone. If an aircraft fails to do so, warplanes are scrambled to intercept it even if the country’s airspace is not violated.
Turkey may resume Syria assault as some Kurdish fighters yet to withdraw – Erdogan
Hundreds of Kurdish fighters remain near to Syria’s northeast border despite a U.S.-brokered truce demanding their withdrawal and Turkey could resume its offensive in the area when the ceasefire expires, Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan said.
The five-day truce in Turkey’s cross-border offensive to allow the withdrawal of Kurdish YPG fighters from the border area ends at 10 pm (1900 GMT) on Tuesday.
Turkey says Kurdish YPG militia forces, which it views as terrorists because of their links to Kurdish militants waging an insurgency in southeast Turkey, must leave a “safe zone” it wants to establish inside Syria.
“The withdrawal is continuing,” Erdogan told reporters at Ankara airport before flying to Russia for talks on Syria with President Vladimir Putin, who supports the Damascus government and has also sent troops to northeast Syria.
Iraq trolls U.S. Syria withdrawal, tells American troops they can’t stay
US President Donald Trump’s Syria withdrawal hit a snag in northern Iraq as the country indicated that US troops only have permission to transit, temporarily, into norther Iraq before leaving. Convoys of Americans leaving Syria were spotted in the Kurdistan region of northern Iraq on Monday.
Now, Iraq’s government appears to be telling the Americans that they can’t stay in Iraq either.
“All US forces that withdrew from Syria received approval to enter the Kurdistan Region so that they may be transported outside Iraq,” the Iraqi military said, according to Reuters. “There is no permission granted for these forces to stay inside Iraq.”
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Source: TASS, TJP, Reuters