The Washington Post reports:
Turkey’s military operation in Syria has begun just three days after President Trump ordered U.S. troops to withdraw from the area. Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan announced the beginning of the operation Wednesday morning, saying he was going to “eliminate the threat of terrorism” from his country.
There were immediate reports of Turkish airstrikes in the area. The Kurdish-led administration issued a “general mobilization” call along the border earlier in the day, making a clash between the two forces all but inevitable. The Turks have been spoiling for a fight with the Kurds in Syria because Ankara considers them to be terrorists.
Turkey’s military offensive in Syria now underway, President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan says. Reuters quotes Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces as saying ‘huge panic among people’ as Turkish warplanes carry out air strikes. Previous story: https://t.co/Wxo8d2xTmn
— CBC News Alerts (@CBCAlerts) October 9, 2019
Erdogan announces the beginning of the Turkey’s military offensive targeting SDF-held areas in northeast Syria, first strikes reported near/on Ras al-Ain. https://t.co/J7hSOOVJ4d
— Erin Cunningham (@erinmcunningham) October 9, 2019