Following Turkey’s aerial and artillery assaults on positions of the Kurdish YPG on Wednesday afternoon, Turkish forces along with their Syrian rebel allies have advanced into the northeast Syria in what they’re calling their ‘Peace Spring’ operation.

The European Union has strongly condemned Ankara’s actions. European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker said that Turkey must end its offensive immediately, Reuters reports.

“Turkey must cease the ongoing military operation. It will not work. And if Turkey’s plan is to create a security zone, do not expect funding from the European Union”, Jean-Claude Juncker told the European Parliament in Brussels.

“The European Union calls on Turkey to cease the unilateral military action… It is unlikely that a so-called ‘safe zone’ in north-east Syria, as envisaged by Turkey, would satisfy international criteria for refugee return,” the 28 member-state bloc said in a joint statement.

According to the Turkish defense ministry, the Turkish army has so far hit 181 militant targets with airstrikes and howitzers since the beginning of the offensive.

Mustafa Bali, the spokesman for the Syrian Democratic Forces, wrote on Twitter that “the Kurdish-led force in northeast Syria had confronted and ‘repelled’ the Turkish ground attack.”

The military offensive comes after US President Donald Trump ordered the withdrawal of US forces in the area, a move that has been widely criticized around the world. The Kurdish forces – who were instrumental in helping to eradicate ISIS from the area – have now been abandoned by their supposed ally, the US.

According to sources on the ground, an estimated 40 commanders of the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces have been killed or injured from the Turkish offensive.

Turkey sees Kurdish forces in Syria as an extension of the far-left militant Kurdistan Worker’s Party (PKK) which operates in Turkey and Iraq. Ankara has classified the PKK as a terrorist organization. The People’s Protection Units (YPG) is the PKK’s armed wing.

8 thoughts on “EU urges Turkey to cease military operations in Syria”
  1. It’s doubtful that EU has the will to stop Erdogan’s/ Turkey’s adventures. But now, Europe is exposed to making its stand against Erdogan without the U.S.A.’s contribution of manpower serving notice upon Erdogan-/Turkey on behalf of NATO. Either the EU shows some muscle, which is all Erdogan understands, or it continues the dangerous policy of allowing Erdogan/Turkey to populate the EU with whatever refugee population Erdogan has previously transferred to Europe at will..
    Europe,west of Russia which guards itself to entry of Mid-East refugees, will be forced to either absorb Erdogan’s refugees, as Erdogan takes advantage of the EU’s passive acceptance of whatever the Turkish autocrat deals to it, or the EU must summon up the courage to guard/police EU borders used as entrances to EU by mideast refugees.A lesson to the EU is national sovereignty still exists, the issue of sovereignty is not anything to scorn, either EU swallows the problems brought on, courtesy of Erdogan, , or it continues to act as though it’s never happened.The fact that Islam has gone as far into Europe as Scandinavia, or Spain assures t,hat Europe in its entirety is affected
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  2. Recep Tayyip Erdogan does not believe Trump, when he said he will destroy the Turkish economy. I guess
    Erdogan has not followed what has happened to the Chinese economy.

  3. Europe will talk and Turkey’s fearless leader will do as he pleases. What else do you expect?

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