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Wed Oct 9, 2019, 10:43 AM

CNN Live Updates on situation in Northern Syria

https://www.cnn.com/middleeast/live-news/syria-turkey-military-offensive-dle-intl/index.html?utm_medium=social&utm_source=twCNN&utm_content=2019-10-09T14:28:37

24 min ago
Hundreds of civilians flee northern Syria border areas within last thirty minutes
From CNN's Mohammed Tawfeeq

Hundreds of civilians in northern Syria have fled areas on the border with Turkey within the last 30 minutes, two YPG fighters and witnesses tell CNN.

Turkey used heavy artillery and conducted airstrikes on Ras Al-Ain in northwest Al-Hasakah country in Syria, the fighters said.


27 min ago
Putin tells Turkey to weigh the situation in Syria carefully
From CNN's Darya Tarasova in Moscow

Russian President Vladimir Putin has asked his Turkish counterpart Recep Tayyip Erdogan to "carefully weigh the situation" in Syria, so as not to "harm the overall efforts to resolve" the crisis, according to a statement released by the Kremlin.

In the statement, the Kremlin also underlined "the importance of ensuring the unity and territorial integrity of Syria and respect for its sovereignty was noted on both sides."

Since Russia's military intervention in Syria's war began in 2015, Russian forces have helped returned control of large swathes of previously rebel-held areas of the country to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.


28 min ago
Kurds in northern Syria ask civilians to defend against Turkish military offensive
Before the offensive was announced on Wednesday afternoon, the Autonomous Administration of North and East Syria (also known as the Kurdish Administration in Northeastern Syria) called up all civilians for a three day “general mobilization” to defend the region against Turkey's military offensive.

In a statement posted on its Facebook account Wednesday, the Kurdish administration asked people to head towards the Turkish boarder to resist the operation.

“We call upon all our departments, institutions and people with all its components to go to the border region adjacent to Turkey to do their moral duty and to show resistance in these delicate historical moments," the statement said.
The group also wrote that it will hold the United Nations, America, the European Union and Russia responsible "for any humanitarian catastrophe inflicted on our people in northern and eastern Syria."


37 min ago
Trump slams America's military interventions in Middle East
Analysis from CNN's Nick Paton Walsh

An hour before Turkey launched its operation in northern Syria to clear US-backed Kurdish forces away from its border, President Donald Trump took to Twitter to condemn America's military interventions in the Middle East.

"GOING INTO THE MIDDLE LEAST IS THE WORST DECISION EVER MADE ... IN THE HISTORY OF OUR COUNTRY!" Trump tweeted.

Trump has been itching to leave Syria for months, once dubbing it nothing but "sand and death." And, as he has been at pains to point out, Trump was elected president on a promise to get out of "these ridiculous endless wars."

But the sudden pull-back of US forces -- and the desertion of the Syrian Kurds, a key ally in the fight against ISIS -- comes just as a regrouping by ISIS is taking shape.

Donald J. Trump ✔ @realDonaldTrump

The United States has spent EIGHT TRILLION DOLLARS fighting and policing in the Middle East. Thousands of our Great Soldiers have died or been badly wounded. Millions of people have died on the other side. GOING INTO THE MIDDLE EAST IS THE WORST DECISION EVER MADE.....


Donald J. Trump ✔ @realDonaldTrump

....IN THE HISTORY OF OUR COUNTRY! We went to war under a false & now disproven premise, WEAPONS OF MASS DESTRUCTION. There were NONE! Now we are slowly & carefully bringing our great soldiers & military home. Our focus is on the BIG PICTURE! THE USA IS GREATER THAN EVER BEFORE!

8:14 AM - Oct 9, 2019


1 hr 1 min ago
Turkish warplanes carrying out airstrikes on civilian areas, SDF spokesman claims
Shortly after Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan announced that the offensive in northern Syria had started, the spokesman for the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) -- a key US ally in northern Syria -- claimed that warplanes had begun carrying out airstrikes on civilian areas.

"There is a huge panic among people of the region," SDF spokesman Mustafa Bali said.


Mustafa Bali @mustefabali

Turkish warplanes have started to carry out airstrikes on civilian areas. There is a huge panic among people of the region.

9:14 AM - Oct 9, 2019



17 min ago
Turkish offensive in Syria has started, Erdogan says
From CNN's Hande Atay Alam

Turkey's army has launched an offensive in northern Syria, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan announced Wednesday, as part of an operation to move US-backed Kurdish forces away from its border.

"The Turkish Armed Forces, together with the Syrian National Army, just launched #OperationPeaceSpring against PKK/YPG and Daesh [ISIS] terrorists in northern Syria. Our mission is to prevent the creation of a terror corridor across our southern border, and to bring peace to the area," he tweeted.

In another tweet, Erdogan added that "Operation Peace Spring" would "neutralize terror threats against Turkey" and help facilitate the "return of Syrian refugees to their homes" by establishing a safe zone.

Important context: The “Syrian National Army” does not refer to the official military of Syria, which is called the Syrian Arab Army.

The Syrian National Army is a Turkey-backed rebel group comprised mainly of factions and fighters from what was known as the Free Syrian Army. The group’s headquarters are in Azaz, in northwestern Syria, and it claims to have tens of thousands of fighters.


Recep Tayyip Erdoğan ✔ @RTErdogan

The Turkish Armed Forces, together with the Syrian National Army, just launched #OperationPeaceSpring against PKK/YPG and Daesh terrorists in northern Syria. Our mission is to prevent the creation of a terror corridor across our southern border, and to bring peace to the area.


Recep Tayyip Erdoğan ✔ @RTErdogan

#OperationPeaceSpring will neutralize terror threats against Turkey and lead to the establishment of a safe zone, facilitating the return of Syrian refugees to their homes.

We will preserve Syria’s territorial integrity and liberate local communities from terrorists.


9:20 AM - Oct 9, 2019


The movement came hours after Turkish government communications director, Fahrettin Altun, said the country's military was set to cross into Syria along with the rebel Free Syrian Army.

In a tweet early Wednesday, Altun said the the Kurdish People's Protection Units, also known as the YPG, had two options: "They can defect or we will have stop them from disrupting our counter-ISIS efforts."

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Sounding dire for the SDF...

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Reply CNN Live Updates on situation in Northern Syria (Original post)
Dennis Donovan Wednesday OP
spanone Wednesday #1
bdamomma Wednesday #2
Thomas Hurt Wednesday #3
roamer65 Wednesday #8
Mike 03 Wednesday #4
mcar Wednesday #5
C_U_L8R Wednesday #6
superpatriotman Wednesday #7
Dennis Donovan Wednesday #9
Dennis Donovan Wednesday #10
smirkymonkey Wednesday #11
Dennis Donovan Wednesday #12

Response to Dennis Donovan (Original post)

Wed Oct 9, 2019, 10:44 AM

1. All because don trump wants to appease vladimir putin

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Response to Dennis Donovan (Original post)

Wed Oct 9, 2019, 10:46 AM

2. tRump

is doing Putin's work and he is a threat to all of us.

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Response to Dennis Donovan (Original post)

Wed Oct 9, 2019, 10:54 AM

3. so play here is, Turks get to wipe out the Kurds, turn northern Syria back over to Assad and Russia?

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Response to Thomas Hurt (Reply #3)

Wed Oct 9, 2019, 11:17 AM

8. No. Turkey stays and keeps the oil.

The Turks won’t leave.

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Response to Dennis Donovan (Original post)

Wed Oct 9, 2019, 11:01 AM

4. Kick for visibility

Thanks for the link to the CNN updating.

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Response to Dennis Donovan (Original post)

Wed Oct 9, 2019, 11:14 AM

5. This sounds terrible

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Response to Dennis Donovan (Original post)

Wed Oct 9, 2019, 11:16 AM

6. This genocide belongs to Trump.

He is an enemy to humanity

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Response to Dennis Donovan (Original post)

Wed Oct 9, 2019, 11:16 AM

7. Who EXACTLY are they targeting?

Rebels? Daesh? Kurds?

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Response to superpatriotman (Reply #7)

Wed Oct 9, 2019, 11:20 AM

9. Civilians and military targets according to SDF:



Coordination & Military Ops Center - SDF ✔ @cmoc_sdf

In #Tal_Abyad and #SeręKaniyę 16 positions In Qamisli and Derik & Sarekaniye struck until now.



Coordination & Military Ops Center - SDF ✔ @cmoc_sdf

Intensive bombardment by Turkish jets on military positions and civilians villages in #Tal_Abyad, #Serę_Kanye, #Qamishlo and #Ain_Issa.

According to initial reports there are casualties among civilian people.


11:14 AM - Oct 9, 2019

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Response to Dennis Donovan (Original post)

Wed Oct 9, 2019, 11:24 AM

10. Update:

7 min ago

Chaotic scenes in northern Syria as people flee for their lives
From CNN's Clarissa Ward in northern Syria



A photo taken from Turkey's Sanliurfa province shows smoke rising over the Syrian town of Ras al-Ayn.

It is absolute gridlock here in northern Syria, near the border with Turkey, as people try to flee to safety with little idea of what the Turkish military has in store for them.

For civilians living in this Kurdish stronghold, it's their worst nightmare playing out before their eyes.

There was a hope up until the last minute that perhaps the US would stand in support of its Kurdish allies and prevent this incursion from happening.

But now there is widespread fear of what Turkey -- which views the YPG-controlled zone as an existential threat -- will do next.

So far, Turkish airstrikes have largely hit Kurdish military targets, but once you have mortars flying, there is always a potential for civilian casualties.

Chaotic scenes are unfolding now, with roads choked with fleeing families, motorcycles piled with five to six people, mattresses strapped to cars. Smoke can be seen rising from at least one area, which appears to be on fire.

People don’t know where they will go, where they will sleep tonight, or what they can expect from this Turkish operation.

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Response to Dennis Donovan (Original post)

Wed Oct 9, 2019, 11:27 AM

11. Arghhhhhhh!



I hate him with the fire of a thousand suns. I can't even say what I really think.

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Response to Dennis Donovan (Original post)

Wed Oct 9, 2019, 12:16 PM

12. Recent timeline of conflict:

4 min ago
Timeline: Turkey's offensive in Syria

Turkey's military offensive comes just days after the Trump administration announced it was pulling US troops back from the border area. Here's tick tock of events that led up to the operation:

Saturday
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan announced Turkey was ready to launch a long-planned "ground and air operation" aimed at clearing US-backed Kurdish forces -- a key ally of the US in the fight against ISIS -- away from its border.

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo told reporters that "we've made clear that this conflict shouldn't be militarized." However, a US official familiar with operations in Syria told CNN that it was "very likely" Turkey would try something soon.

Sunday
Following a phone call between US President Donald Trump and his Turkish counterpart Erdogan, the White House said that Turkey would soon begin its offensive in northern Syria -- and that "US forces, having defeated the ISIS territorial 'caliphate,' will no longer be in the immediate area."

Monday
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan confirmed that US troops had begun pulling back from some areas in northeast Syria.
Trump's decision to allow Erdogan to move forward with the operation was criticized by people across the political spectrum for effectively "abandoning" Kurdish allies. A Pentagon spokesperson said Monday that the Department of Defense did not endorse the planned operation.

Tuesday
Erdogan announced the launch of a military offensive into northeastern Syria. Eyewitnesses and CNN teams have reported shelling and airstrikes on the Turkey-Syria border.


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