The Turkish army has to say that all 260 members of terrorist organisations’ in the offensive in northern Syria ‘neutralised’. In the meantime, threatens the conflict to expand to the city, where U.s. troops are stationed. Trump is not completely at ease in, a has a phone conversation with Erdogan asked.
Typically used Turkey the term ‘neutralised’ to the number of dead, but he would also have to wounded and imprisoned fighters can refer to.
Turkish forces and fighters of the allied Free Syrian Army began on Saturday a ground – and believed – ‘Operation olive branch’ called – in the North-Syrian region of Afrin against the militias of the Kurdish Volksbeschermingseenheden (YPG).
They get in the fight against terror group Islamic State (IS) the support of the international coalition led by the United States, who joined the offensive, however, aloof.
Ankara sees the YPG as a threat because of their links with the banned Kurdish workers Party PKK, which is also by the US and the European Union as a terrorist organisation is considered to be.
Since the beginning of the offensive were already 260 Kurdish fighters ‘neutralised’, reports the Turkish army on Tuesday. “The operation is progressing successfully as planned’, according to a statement from president Recep Tayyip Erdogan.
The Syrian observatory for human rights reported on Tuesday that all 104 people were killed in the conflict. The organization had 23 civilians killed, 43 killed Turkish soldiers and 38 were killed Kurdish fighters.
Already 5,000 people fled
Meanwhile, the United Nations stated that by the fighting, 5,000 people Afrin fled. The international organization is worried about the fate of about 324.000 people in the by the YPG controlled area. ‘By the fighting, thousands of civilians in Afrin the risk of being killed or injured, ” says Lina with Tom from the office for the coordination of humanitarian affairs of the UN.
Trump wants Erdogan to call
Meanwhile threaten the battles themselves are even further to the city of Manbij, where American troops are stationed that the Kurdish militias training in the fight against IS. “The terrorists in Manbij take us under constant fire. If the US can stop this, we will do,’ warned the Turkish foreign minister Mevlut Cavusoglu Tuesday are American ambtsgenoot Rex Tillerson.
According to the Turkish news agency Anadolu has American president Donald Trump Wednesday a telephone conversation with Erdogan asked.