As the world watches Ukraine, Turkey prepares a military move into Syria

By Borzou Daragahi
Turkey is preparing for yet another large-scale incursion into northern Syria, in what would be its fifth major military offensive into its southern neighbour in six years.
Military equipment has already been placed along the Syrian frontier, with artillery shells pounding positions held by Syrian Kurdish armed forces in recent days. Senior officials and analysts close to the government in Ankara say a new operation against Syrian Kurdish groups will likely commence in the coming weeks in hopes of concluding it before the 29 June Nato summit in Madrid.
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Turkish Plan To Create a “Security Zone” in Syria: War Crime

May 30, 2022
Turkey’s plan to create a “security zone” on Syrian territory is part of its policy of ethnic and geographical cleansing and is a war crime and a crime against humanity, according to a Monday statement from the Syrian Foreign Ministry.
The Syrian Ministry of Foreign and Expatriates Affairs rejected and condemned the military hostilities waged by Turkey’s forces against areas and localities in northeastern Syria.
The Foreign Ministry warned that Turkey, along with the U.S. and other Western countries, uses Syria’s sovereignty, independence and territorial integrity as a blackmail or bargaining chip in pursuit of cheap political gains at the expense of the Syrian people and the unity of its territory.
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Erdogan discusses Turkey’s Syria incursion plans with Putin

May 30, 2022
ISTANBUL — Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has discussed Ankara’s planned military operation in northern Syria and the war in Ukraine with Russia’s Vladimir Putin, Erdogan’s office said Monday.
In recent days Erdogan has said Turkey will launch a cross-border incursion against Kurdish militants in Syria to create a 30-kilometer (19-mile) deep buffer zone. He told Putin in a phone call that the frontier zone was agreed in 2019 but had not been implemented, the Turkish presidency said.Ankara carried out an operation against the People’s Protection Units, or YPG, in October 2019. Russia, the Syrian regime and the United States also have troops in the border region.
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