Panic-stricken terrorists belonging to the Syrian offshoot of the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK), the YPG, are building tunnels in northeastern Syria’s Qamishli as they fear Turkey’s operation east of the Euphrates River.
The U-shaped concrete blocks are being planted in the ditches dug by terrorists before being covered by earth with heavy equipment. Footage was captured of the terrorists planting the blocks into the ground from Turkey’s Mardin province across the Syrian border.
Turkey has been poised to advance into northeast Syria since the U.S. troops began vacating the area in an abrupt policy shift by U.S. President Donald Trump.
On Tuesday, Turkish officials told Reuters that the military had struck the Syrian-Iraqi border to prevent YPG terrorists using the route to reinforce the region, though details of the strikes were hazy.
President Erdogan's aide Fahrettin Altun said that terrorist from the YPG in Syria could either defect or Ankara would have to "stop them from disrupting" Turkey's struggle against Daesh terrorists.
"The Turkish military, together with the Free Syrian Army, will cross the Turkish-Syrian border shortly," Altun said in a tweet extracted from a column written by him which was published in the Washington Post.
Spain announces support for Turkish op in Syria
Spain is so far the only European country to announce its support for Turkey’s cross-border operation in Syria.In a series of tweets posted on Oct. 7, Madrid’s official NATO twitter account, Espana en la OTAN, expressed its support for its NATO ally.“NATO Support to Turkey is aimed at contributing to a de-escalation of the crisis along the Alliance’s border,” one of the tweets read.@NATO Support to Turkey 🇹🇷 is aimed at contributing to a de-escalation of the crisis along the Alliance’s border.@NATOpress @SHAPE_NATO @TurkDelNATO @EmbEspTurquia #WeAreNATO 🇪🇸🇹🇷🇪🇸🇹🇷🇪🇸🇹🇷— España en la OTAN (@SpainNATO) October 7, 2019 The page tweeted using the hashtag #SupportToTurkey and used both countries’ flags in a message of support and unity among NATO partners.The tweets were accompanied by footage from joint NATO drills.In another tweet, the official NATO page said its units “work 24/7 to protect Adana and show commitment and solidarity with our allied Turkey.”#DYK the @NATO #SupporttoTurkey? 🇪🇸Army @EjercitoTierra Apoyo a Turquía-X unit works 24/7 to protect Adana & show the 🇪🇸 commitment & solidarity w/ our allied Turkey🇹🇷 🎥 @EMADmde#WeAreNATO 🇪🇸🇹🇷 pic.twitter.com/6AL2ZyNP0S— España en la OTAN (@SpainNATO) October 7, 2019 Since 2016, Turkey’s Euphrates Shield and Olive Branch operations in northwestern Syria have liberated the region from YPG/PKK and Daesh terrorists, making it possible for Syrians who escaped the violence to return home.Turkey has long decried the threat from terrorists east of the Euphrates, in northern Syria, pledging military action to prevent the formation of a "terrorist corridor" there.In its more than 30-year terror campaign against Turkey, the PKK -- listed as a terrorist organization by Turkey, the U.S. and the EU -- has been responsible for the deaths of some 40,000 people, including women, children and infants. The YPG is the Syrian branch of the terrorist PKK.
'Turkey has no intention to occupy any part of Syria'
Turkey has no intention to occupy any part of Syria, said Turkey's presidential spokesman late Monday.In a live interview over the phone with CNN's Becky Anderson, spokesman Ibrahim Kalin said, the safe zone in northern Syria has two main goals."The safe zone issue has two main goals. It will secure Turkey’s border -- just as Americans care about their border security, we have to take care of our border security. And the second purpose of the safe zone is to provide places for the refugees to return safely and voluntarily," he said.Reminding Turkey's last two military operations in northern Syria, Kalin said Turkey did not occupy any part of Syrian land.Syrian National Army to thwart terror threat in ManbijTurkey only NATO country to hold battle against DAESH"Turkey has no interest in occupying any part of Syria. We haven't done so in Jarablus when we fought against Daesh and eliminated 3,000 terrorists there," Kalin said, and continued: "Or when we entered Afrin, we have not occupied any part of Syria, we have returned those places to the local owners and residents, we have no intention of occupying any parts of Syria in the east of the Euphrates either, and also we have no interest in changing the demographics there.""This is not a move against the Kurds. Turkey doesn't have any problem with the Kurds. We are fighting against terrorist organization that has killed and oppressed the Kurdish people as well," he said.When asked if the resettling millions of refugees from Turkey back to Syria was not going to cause demographic re-engineering, Kalin answered the PKK/PYD/YPG changed the demography east of the Euphrates.Turkish parliament approves motion on Iraq, Syria‘Home countries need to take back Daesh terrorists’"They [PKK/PYD/YPG] entered Arab towns like Tal Abyad, Rasulayn and other places and forced people to flee. In fact, the Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch have published two reports on this about two years ago. And one report actually said that some of the things that PYD/YPG did in these Arab towns, amount to war crimes, but no one has reported about this," he added.Kalin said the Kurds will "of course" continue to live where they have lived for centuries."We have no interest in altering demographics. It was the PKK/PYD that has changed the demographics there. The refugees in Turkey, which is about 3.5 million from Syria, will go back to the places where they have come from. We are not forcing anybody to go anywhere they don't want to go," he added.Responding to a question about possible unleash of Daesh, Kalin emphasized Turkey fought with Daesh when they were at the peak of their power.Senators demand briefing from Trump admin on SyriaTurkey aims to ensure safe return of refugees to Syria"We have fought against ISIS in the Jarablus area and eliminated more than 3,000 of them, arrested about 5,000 of them, extradited or expelled many thousands when they were at the peak of their power," he said."Now ISIS has lost most of its power. And there are places where they might be present. And we will continue fighting against them, together with the international coalition, with the United States, the European countries and others," the presidential spokesman added.Kalin also noted that PKK/PYD in Syria has been using the presence of ISIS pockets "here and there as a pretext to justify their military presence, their occupation of Arab towns."- US picking Marxist-Leninist organization as ally 'an irony of history'When reminded about Republican Senator Lindsey Graham calling for Turkey's suspension from NATO if they attack Kurdish forces, and asked about what will be the response, Kalin said "Turkey is not attacking the Kurds."Turkey urges world to back efforts in Syria's northSyrian opposition ready to combat terror with TurkeyDescribing Senator Graham's statement as "very disappointing", Kalin said Turkey is "not attacking the Kurds, we are fighting against terrorist networks in Syria, which includes Daesh/ISIS, as well as PYD/YPG so, this is not a fight against the Kurds.""There are thousands of Kurds in Syria who do not subscribe to PKK/PYD's Marxist-Leninist ideology. And it's really an irony of history that the United States has picked up a Marxist-Leninist organization in Syria as its ally," he said.To a question whether there was a quid pro quo between the U.S. and Turkish presidents, Kalin said there is none, and the two leaders have been talking about the safe zone."Remember, President Trump has wanted to pull out of Syria about eight months ago, but his security and military bureaucracy prevented him from doing this." he replied.He also underlined that Turkey has done "much more for the Syrian people and the Syrian refugees than any other country in the world" and the country will continue to do so for them.‘Turkey’s objections to arming YPG not anti-Kurdish’
Turkish speaker criticizes Trump's threat to Turkey
Decrying the U.S. President Donald Trump’s recent remarks about Turkey, Speaker of Turkish Parliament Mustafa Sentop said they (remarks) were related to the American domestic politics.Maintaining that threats to Turkey does not make any sense, the speaker said there were different comments and evaluations in Trump’s tweets.“With his tweets on Turkey, he [Trump] was directing at the U.S. domestic policy,” he said, while talking to journalists in the parliament.The speaker said that nobody can threaten Turkey and it does not make any sense.Ahead of a planned Turkish operation in Syria, Trump threatened Turkey on Monday with economic collapse, should Ankara act, he deemed "off limits" in Syria."As I have stated strongly before, and just to reiterate, if Turkey does anything that I, in my great and unmatched wisdom, consider to be off limits, I will totally destroy and obliterate the Economy of Turkey (I’ve done before!)," Trump said on Twitter.
Since 2016, Turkey’s Euphrates Shield and Olive Branch operations in northwestern Syria have liberated the region from YPG/PKK and Daesh terrorists, making it possible for Syrians who escaped the violence to return home.
Turkey has long decried the threat from terrorists east of the Euphrates, in northern Syria, pledging military action to prevent the formation of a "terrorist corridor" there.
In its more than 30-year terror campaign against Turkey, the PKK -- listed as a terrorist organization by Turkey, the U.S. and the EU -- has been responsible for the deaths of some 40,000 people, including women, children and infants. The YPG is the Syrian branch of the terrorist PKK.