Erdogan speaks of a “security zone” along the border with Syria

Erdogan speaks of a “security zone” along the border with Syria
Erdogan speaks of a “security zone” along the border with Syria

Erdogan speaks of a “security zone” along the border with Syria

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, who launched a series of airstrikes on northeastern Syria and locations of Kurdish fighters since Sunday, reiterated on Friday his goal of establishing a “west-east security belt” along his country’s southern borders.

This area will de facto include the city of Ayn al-Arab (Kobani), which the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF, Kurdish) seized from ISIS terrorists in 2015 with US support.

Ayn al-Arab (Kobani) is the latest area to escape the control of the Turkish army, which has been deployed along the borders of Syrian territory since 2019.

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said that after a quiet night on Friday, there was relative calm in northern Syria. He added to Agence France Presse that Turkish artillery shelling resumed only in Al-Hasakah governorate (northeast), but he did not mention any casualties.

“With the security belt that we establish outside our borders, we will defend the rights of millions of innocent women and children,” Erdogan said in a speech marking the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women.

“God willing, we will get to this (area) along our entire west-east border as soon as possible,” he added.

Ankara said the attack, which killed six people and wounded 81 others in central Istanbul on November 13, was planned in Ain al-Arab (Kobani), which the Kurds denied.

However, over the past six days, airstrikes and artillery fire have been concentrated in areas where Turkish authorities say they are attacking locations of the Kurdistan Workers’ Party and its allies the People’s Defense Units, the largest component of the “SDF”.

All denied involvement in the attack.

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