TEHRAN, Young Journalists Club(YJC)_“Operation Peace Spring will neutralize terror threats against Turkey and lead to the establishment of a safe zone, facilitating the return of Syrian refugees to their homes.
“We will preserve Syria’s territorial integrity and liberate local communities from terrorists,” Erdogan wrote in a post published on his official Twitter page on Wednesday.
We will preserve Syria’s territorial integrity and liberate local communities from terrorists.
Syria's state-run television reported that the Turkish army launched an operation in the country's north by carrying out an airstrike on the city of Ras al-Ayn in the northeastern province of al-Hasakah.
Ankara has made it clear that it will push ahead with its imminent invasion of northern Syria whatever the cost.
The so-called Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), an anti-Damascus alliance of predominantly Kurdish militants where YPG forms the backbone, stated that Turkish warplanes are pounding the area, causing “huge panic among people.”
Ankara views the YPG as the Syria branch of the homegrown Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) militant group, which has been seeking an autonomous Kurdish region in Turkey since 1984.
Two fighter jets took off from Diyarbakir air base in southeastern Turkey as Ankara launched a military operation into northeastern Syria, AFP news agency reported.
Turkish-language CNN Turk television news network reported that several large explosions rocked Ras al-Ayn, and that the sound of planes could be heard flying overhead.
The report added that smoke could be seen rising from buildings in the city.
SDF says it's 'ready to face any attack'
“Turkey is trying through these attacks to open new lands for the mercenaries of Daesh (Takfiri terrorist group) and is trying to lengthen the life of these groups. We do not agree with any attacks by Turkey and the people supporting it.
The world knows the reason behind the attack on northeast of Syria, therefore we call on human rights organizations and the democratic countries, European Union and United Nations to take a stance against the Turkish attack. Anyone that is not moving against the Turkish attack is considered a supporter for it,” SDF Spokesman Ahmad Mousa said.
“We send a message to the whole world again: We will not target Turkey but if they insist in attacking us and occupying our lands we will trigger our right in defending our project (ourselves) until last blood. We are ready to face any kind of attack,” Mousa pointed out.
Turkey summons US envoy for Syria offensive briefing
Meanwhile, Turkish-language CNN Turk television news network reported that Turkey’s Foreign Ministry had called in US Ambassador to Ankara David M. Satterfield to brief him on the country’s military offensive into northeastern Syria.