米国があっさりクルドを見捨てる 4: ずくなしの冷や水

2019年10月10日

米国があっさりクルドを見捨てる 4

RT2019/10/10
No ‘peace’ spring: Turkish invasion of northeastern Syria met with worldwide condemnation
Ankara’s operation against Kurdish-led militias in northeastern Syria has been criticized across Europe and the Middle East, as one country after another sounded the alarm over the impact to the Syrian peace process.

The offensive by Turkish army and affiliated Syrian “opposition” militants kicked off on Wednesday with massive air and artillery strikes, followed by a land invasion dubbed ‘Operation Peace Spring.’

The EU has condemned the invasion and urged Turkey to halt it, expressing doubt the proclaimed goal of establishing a “safe zone” where refugees could return would be reached. EU Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker said that Ankara should not “expect the EU to pay for any of” the said zone.

“The EU calls upon Turkey to cease the unilateral military action,” the 28 members of the bloc said in a joint statement. “It is unlikely that a so-called 'safe zone' in north-east Syria, as envisaged by Turkey, would satisfy international criteria for refugee return.”

Russian President Vladimir Putin urged his Turkish counterpart to “gauge the situation comprehensively” so that Ankara’s actions would not undermine the peace process in Syria.

An extraordinary UN Security Council meeting to assess the situation in Syria has been called by France and the UK and is expected to be held behind closed doors on Thursday, according to media reports.

French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian said the Turkish actions were “jeopardizing the anti-Islamic State coalition's security and humanitarian efforts,” while his Dutch counterpart Stef Blok condemned the invasion and summoned Ankara’s envoy over it.

Egypt has urged the UNSC to halt “any attempts to occupy Syrian territories” and condemned the Turkish aggression in the “strongest terms,” calling for an emergency meeting of the League of Arab States as well. Similar reactions came from Saudi Arabia, Bahrein, Iran and others.

RT2019/10/9
Turkish invasion of Syria ‘bad idea,’ Ankara now responsible for all ISIS prisoners – Trump
Admitting that Turkey “invaded” Syria, US President Donald Trump called the attack “a bad idea” and said the US does not endorse it. Turkey is now responsible for guarding all the Islamic State captives in the area, he added.

“Turkey has committed to protecting civilians, protecting religious minorities, including Christians, and ensuring no humanitarian crisis takes place−and we will hold them to this commitment,” Trump said in a statement published by the White House on Wednesday.

Turkey is now responsible for ensuring all ISIS fighters being held captive remain in prison and that ISIS does not reconstitute in any way, shape, or form.

The US president announced on Monday he would be pulling back the 50 or so US troops from the area controlled by Kurdish militias allied with Washington. The US backed these militias as part of an effort to defeat Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS), and blocked the return of the liberated areas to Syrian government sovereignty.

Turkey considers the Kurdish militias to be terrorist organizations, and has launched 'Operation Peace Spring' to establish a “safe zone” along its entire border with Syria.

FARSNEWS2019/10/11
Syria Vows to Counter 'Brutal' Turkish Assault by All Means
TEHRAN (FNA)- Syria censured Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s latest remarks concerning his keenness to protect Syrian people and their rights as far from reality, emphasizing that the Damascus government will respond to Ankara’s offensive into the Northeastern part of the country through all available legal means.

“After his continuous support for terrorism in Syria, training, arming, protecting and sending terrorists to kill Syrians, the head of the Turkish regime came up today with statements that can only be made by a person detached from reality. He speaks of his commitment to protect Syrian people whilst he has the blood of the Syrian people killed by terrorists on his hands,” Syria’s official news agency SANA cited an unnamed source at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Expatriates as saying in a statement on Thursday.

“Erdogan talks about his fear for Syrian people, protecting them and preserving their lives at the same time as he is attacking civilians in Northern Syrian under the pretext of fighting terrorism. Erdogan’s regime hides behind humanitarian slogans when it is far alienated from them, and is responsible for committing massacre,” the source added.

The Syrian official further noted that the government will confront the Turkish aggression by all available legal means, stressing that the Syrian army’s fight against terrorism will not cease in the wake of remarks made by Erdogan and members of his clique.

“The task of protecting Syrian people lies with the Syrian Arab Army and the Syrian state, and no one else,” the source pointed out.

On Wednesday, Turkish military forces and Ankara-backed militants of the so-called Free Syrian Army (FSA) launched a long-threatened cross-border invasion of Northeast Syria in a declared attempt to push Kurdish militants from the so-called People's Protection Units (YPG) away from border areas.

Ankara views the US-backed YPG as a terrorist organization tied to the homegrown Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) militant group, which has been seeking an autonomous Kurdish region in Turkey since 1984.

The YPG constitutes the backbone of the so-called Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), an anti-Damascus alliance of predominantly Kurdish militants.

Erdogan said on Thursday that 109 “terrorists” had been killed since the start of the incursion.

“We have a message to those who were forced to join the YPG ranks: If you leave now... our arms are wide open,” the Turkish leader further stated.

Ankara says one of its goals in the cross-border incursion is to form a “safe zone” to which at least one million refugees from the Arab country can return, after the years-long presence of refugees in Turkey became an increasingly political liability.

“For those who want to return to their country but don't have a home left anymore, we plan to build settlements for one million people, with international financing,” Erdogan added.

The Turkish military had launched two cross-border incursions in Northern Syria, namely “Euphrates Shield” in August 2016 and “Olive Branch” in January 2018 with the declared aim of eradicating Kurdish militants and ISIL (known as ISIS or Daesh) terrorists near Turkey’s borders.

On Thursday, Syria's Deputy Foreign Minister Faisal Mekdad attacked US-backed Kurdish-led forces, saying they had betrayed their country.

Mekdad also accused Washington-backed Kurdish forces of following a separatist agenda that gave Turkey a pretext to violate his country's sovereignty, Reuters quoted him as speaking to reporters at his office in Damascus.

Asked about whether Damascus should resume dialogue with the Kurdish-led forces who are facing Turkey’s assault, Mekdad stated these "armed groups had betrayed their country and committed crimes against it".

He added, "We won't accept any dialogue or talk with those who had become hostages to foreign forces... There won't be any foothold for the agents of Washington on Syrian territory."

Mekdad's remarks came after Kurdish communities in Northern Syria on Wednesday welcomed an offer of dialogue with the Syrian government made by Russia amid Turkey’s operation in the region.

“We view positively Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov's statements about the matter of dialogue between the self-administration and the Syrian government,” a statement from the Kurds said, adding, “We look to Russia having a role ... as a supporter and guarantor.”

Also on Thursday, Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said Turkey’s incursion will not go further than 30 km into Northeast Syria.

Speaking to broadcaster CNN Turk, Cavusoglu stated that the security threat which Turkey says it faces from the presence of Kurdish fighters on its border would be eliminated if the area was cleared of militants.

“When we go 30 km deep in the safe zone, terror there will be removed,” he added.



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