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The Latest: Egypt condemns Turkey operation in north Syria

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest developments following President Donald Trump’s resolution to desert Syrian Kurdish fighters forward of an anticipated Turkish offensive into northeastern Syria (all occasions native):

7:25 p.m.

Egypt has condemned Turkey’s navy operation into northern Syria, calling it an “aggression” in opposition to Syria’s sovereignty.

Egypt’s Foreign Ministry in an announcement Wednesday condemned “in the strongest words” the offensive and known as for the U.N. Security Council to halt “any attempts to occupy Syrian territories . or change the demographics in northern Syria.”

The assertion says Turkey’s assault is a “blatant aggression” in opposition to Syria’s sovereignty. It additionally requires an emergency assembly of the Arab League.

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7:05 p.m.

A Syrian struggle monitor and a Kurdish activist collective say Turkish bombardment of northern Syria has killed no less than one member of the Kurdish-led drive.

The Britain-based Syrian observatory for Human Rights mentioned one fighter of the U.S.-backed Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces was killed and 6 others had been wounded.

The Rojava Information middle, an activist collective in northeast Syria confirmed that an SDF fighter was killed within the border Syrian city of Ras al-Ayn.

Turkey started a navy operation in opposition to Kurdish fighters Wednesday focusing on areas in northeast Syria with airstrikes and artillery shelling.

The SDF mentioned in an announcement that the Turkish airstrikes reached as deep as 50 kilometers (31 miles) from the border. It mentioned 16 SDF positions had been focused.

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6:20 p.m.

Germany’s overseas minister is condemning Turkey’s offensive in northern Syria and known as on Ankara to finish the navy motion, saying it threatened “a further humanitarian catastrophe and further displacement of persons.”

Foreign Minister Heiko Maas mentioned in an announcement Wednesday that “we condemn the Turkish offensive within the northeast of Syria within the strongest potential phrases. “

He mentioned Turkey was operating the danger that it might “additional destabilize the area and strengthen IS,” referring to the so-called Islamic State group.

Maas mentioned that Syria wanted stability after eight years of struggle and that step one needs to be to summon a constitutional committee within the close to future: “We name on Turkey to finish its offensive and to pursue its safety pursuits in a peaceable method. “

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6:15 p.m.

The secretary-general of NATO is urging Turkey to not “additional destabilize the area” by way of its navy motion in northern Syria.

Jens Stoltenberg advised a information convention in Rome that Turkey, a NATO ally, “has legitimate security concerns,” having suffered “horrendous terrorist attacks” and internet hosting hundreds of refugees.

He mentioned NATO has been knowledgeable about Turkey’s ongoing operation in northern Syria. And he added “it is important to avoid actions that may further destabilize the region, escalate tensions and cause more human suffering.”

He mentioned Turkey ought to act with “restraint” and any motion needs to be “proportionate.”

Stoltenberg will talk about the navy motion with Turkey’s chief on Friday in Istanbul.

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6 p.m.

Turkey’s state-run information company says two mortar shells have been fired right into a Turkish city, on the border with Syria. No one was damage within the assault.

Anadolu Agency mentioned shells hit the city of Ceylanpinar on Wednesday.

They had been fired from the Syrian Kurdish city of Ras al-Ayn, Anadolu reported, shortly after Turkey launched a navy operation aiming to drive Syrian Kurdish forces away from Turkey’s border.

Meanwhile, Turkish authorities declared an space alongside the Turkish-Syrian border off-limits to civilians.

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5:35 p.m.

Turkey’s state-run information company says Turkish artillery items are shelling suspected Syrian Kurdish forces targets throughout the border within the Syrian city of Tal Abyad.

Anadolu Agency mentioned howitzers pounded the city Wednesday after Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan introduced the beginning of a Turkish navy operation in opposition to Kurdish fighters in northeastern Syria. Turkey’s Defense Ministry mentioned the offensive began at Four p.m. (1300 GMT).

Earlier, Turkish tv reviews mentioned Turkish jets had been finishing up airstrikes on Syrian Kurdish positions within the city of Tal Abyad and confirmed smoke billowing from the focused areas.

Turkey’s Foreign Ministry mentioned ambassadors of the United Nations Security Council’s 5 everlasting members, together with U.S. ambassador David Satterfield, had been being briefed on the operation.

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5:25 p.m.

A prime European Union official is looking on Turkey to halt its navy operation in northern Syria and is warning that the EU is not going to be paying to assist Ankara arrange any secure zone there.

Speaking to EU lawmakers Wednesday, European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker mentioned: “I call on Turkey as well as on the other actors to act with restraint and to stop operations already, as we are speaking, underway.”

While acknowledging that Turkey has safety considerations on its border with Syria, Juncker says that “if the Turkish plan involves the creation of a so-called safe zone, don’t expect the European Union to pay for any of it.”

The EU is paying Turkey 6 billion euros ($6.6 billion) to assist the nation address nearly Four million Syrian refugees on its territory in trade for stopping migrants leaving for Europe. But Ankara is in search of more cash amid considerations that hundreds of Syrians may quickly cross its border

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4:35 p.m.

A spokesman for the U.S.-backed Kurdish-led drive in northern Syria says Turkish warplanes have began focusing on “civilian areas” in northern Syria.

Mustafa Bali of the Syrian Democratic Forces says the airstrikes have precipitated “a huge panic among people of the region.”

Bali’s tweet on Wednesday afternoon got here shortly after Turkish President Erdogan introduced in a tweet {that a} Turkish navy offensive into northeast Syria has began.

Turkey has been massing troops for days in preparation for an assault in opposition to Kurdish fighters in northeast Syria that Ankara considers a terrorist group.

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4:30 p.m.

A U.S. official says the Turkish airstrikes in northeastern Syria usually are not coordinated with the U.S. navy and are thought of harmful for the coalition forces and civilians within the space.

The official spoke on situation of anonymity as a result of he was not approved to temporary reporters.

Turkey’s President Erdogan introduced airstrikes started in Kurdish-controlled areas of northeastern Syria on Wednesday.

— By Sarah El Deeb.

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4:25 p.m.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has introduced {that a} Turkish navy operation into Syria has began.

Erdogan mentioned on his official Twitter account Wednesday that the operation, named “Peace Spring,” has begun. He mentioned the operation goals to eradicate “the threat of terror” in opposition to Turkey.

Earlier, Turkish tv reviews mentioned Turkish jets had bombed Syrian Kurdish positions throughout the border from Turkey.

Turkey had lengthy threatened an assault on the Kurdish fighters whom Ankara considers to terrorists and an extention of

Trump agreed to withdraw U.S. troops from Syria and hand management to Turkey

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4:10 p.m.

President Donald Trump is defending his resolution to tug again U.S. troops from northeastern Syria, citing a give attention to the “BIG PICTURE!”

Trump tweets Wednesday that “GOING INTO THE MIDDLE EAST IS THE WORST DECISION EVER MADE IN THE HISTORY OF OUR COUNTRY!”

Trump says “stupid endless wars, for us, are ending!” and he’s “slowly & carefully” bringing U.S. troops house.

But the choice to depart Syrian Kurds — who supported the U.S. within the struggle in opposition to Islamic State militants — weak to a navy onslaught from Turkey has been condemned by a few of Trump’s staunchest Republican allies.

Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina advised “Fox & Friends” on Wednesday that such a transfer could be Trump’s “biggest mistake” as president.

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3:35 p.m.

The U.S-backed Syrian Kurdish group is looking on Moscow to dealer talks with the Syrian authorities in Damascus, in mild of Turkey’s deliberate navy invasion in northeastern Syria.

The Syrian Kurdish-led administration says in an announcement on Wednesday that it’s responding positively to calls from Moscow encouraging the Kurds and the Syrian authorities to settle their distinction by way of talks.

A Syrian Kurdish official additionally says they’ve reached out to Damascus “and other parties” forward of the anticipated Turkish operation.

The official declined to supply particulars and mentioned no settlement has been reached but. He spoke on situation of anonymity as a result of he wasn’t approved to talk to reporters.

The name for talks with Damascus replicate the Kurdish forces’ determined outreach after a partial U.S. pullback, leaving them uncovered to Turkish assault.

—Sarah El Deeb in Beirut;

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3:05 p.m.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has mentioned his plans for an incursion into northeastern Syria with Russian President Vladimir Putin.

Erdogan’s workplace mentioned the Turkish chief advised his Russian counterpart in a telephone name on Wednesday that Ankara’s deliberate navy motion within the area east of the Euphrates River “will contribute to the peace and stability” and in addition “pave the way for a political process” in Syria.

Erdogan added that Ankara connected significance to the safety of rights and pursuits of the Syrian folks and that Turkey “appreciated the constructive attitude” of Russia within the matter.

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2:40 p.m.

Syria’s Foreign Ministry has condemned plans by Turkey to invade northeastern Syria, calling it a “blatant violation” of worldwide regulation and vowing to repel the incursion with all means.

The ministry’s assertion on Wednesday blamed some Kurdish teams for what is occurring, saying they had been used as a instrument to assist an alleged “American project.”

It mentioned that Syria is able to welcome again its “stray sons if they return to their senses,” referring to the pro-U.S. Kurdish fighters

The ministry says the bulletins surrounding the deliberate invasion replicate Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s “hostile behavior” and Ankara’s expansionist ambitions in Syria.

Turkey has been massing troops alongside its border with Syria forward of an imminent navy operation in opposition to the Syrian Kurdish fighters.

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2:30 p.m.

Turkey’s overseas minister says his nation will inform Syria, the United Nations and others about an anticipated Turkish incursion into northern Syria.

Mevlut Cavusoglu claims the deliberate foray into the area is in step with worldwide legal guidelines regarding Turkey’s proper to defend itself. He spoke throughout a go to to Algeria on Wednesday.

Cavusoglu says that Ankara “will provide information to the United States and other countries, including Syria, in line with international laws.”

He added that Turkey’s “only target are terrorists” in northeast Syria and that the incursion could be Ankara’s solution to “contribute to Syria’s border integrity.”

Expectations of a Turkish invasion rose after President Donald Trump on Sunday abruptly introduced that American troops would step apart forward of a Turkish push.

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2:25 p.m.

A spokesman for the Syrian Kurdish-led fighters says “all options are open” if Turkey invades northeastern Syria.

Kino Gabriel, a spokesman for the united statesbacked Syrian Democratic Forces, mentioned on Wednesday that the Kurdish-led fighters will use all their capabilities to struggle again.

He says the Kurdish forces are additionally leaving the door open for cooperation with the Syrian authorities or different regional powers to defend the realm. He didn’t elaborate.

Gabriel says that the Syrian Kurdish-led forces management about 30% of Syria. He says there are at present no contacts with the federal government aspect.

Syrian troops, backed by Russia and Iran, have presence to the south and west of the Kurdish-held territories.

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1 p.m.

The head of the Arab League says he’s alarmed at Turkey’s deliberate navy offensive into northeastern Syria, in opposition to the Syrian Kurdish fighters there.

Ahmed Aboul Gheit mentioned in an announcement on Wednesday that such an invasion could be a “blatant violation of Syria’s sovereignty and threatens Syria’s integrity.”

He added that Turkey’s deliberate incursion additionally threatens to inflame additional conflicts in jap and northern Syria, and “could allow for the revival” of the Islamic State group.

Turkey has been making ready for an assault on the Kurdish fighters in Syria whom Ankara considers terrorists allied with a Kurdish insurgency inside Turkey.

This got here after President Donald Trump mentioned earlier this week the U.S. would step apart for an anticipated Turkish assault on Syrian Kurdish fighters, who’ve fought alongside Americans for years.

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12:30 p.m.

Turkey’s protection minister says preparations for an anticipated Turkish incursion into Syria are persevering with.

Hulusi Akar made the feedback on Wednesday, days after President Donald Trump abruptly introduced that American troops would step apart to permit for a Turkish push into northeastern Syria.

Turkey has lengthy threatened an assault on the Kurdish fighters in Syria whom Ankara considers terrorists allied with a Kurdish insurgency inside Turkey

Akar advised state-run Anadolu Agency: “Our efforts concerning the offensive are continuing, the deployment, the preparations are continuing.”

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11:20 a.m.

Iranian state tv says the Islamic Republic has launched a shock navy drill with military particular operations forces close to the nation’s border with Turkey.

The train comes amid Iran’s opposition to Turkey’s deliberate invasion of northern Syria in opposition to Syrian Kurdish fighters there. The Syrian Kurds had been U.S. allies within the struggle in opposition to the Islamic State group.

The sudden Iranian drill was introduced on Wednesday. The TV report says it’s overseen by Maj. Gen. Abdolrahim Mousavi, chief of Iran’s military.

However, the state TV didn’t point out the anticipated Turkish operation nor elaborate on the variety of troops collaborating within the drill in Qushchi in Iran’s Western Azerbaijan province. The space is about 620 kilometers, or 385 miles, northwest of Tehran.

Iran and Russia are each key allies of Syrian President Bashar Assad’s long-embattled authorities. Both have troops on the bottom in Syria. While they might publicly oppose a Turkish incursion into Syria, they in all probability don’t thoughts an operation that diminishes the Kurdish forces.

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11:10 a.m.

Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov is accusing the United States of taking part in “very dangerous games” with the Syrian Kurds, whose fighters had been prime U.S. allies within the struggle in opposition to the Islamic State group in Syria.

Lavrov mentioned throughout a go to to Kazakhstan on Wednesday that the U.S. first propped up the Syrian Kurdish “quasi state” in northeastern Syria and is now withdrawing its help.

He says that “such reckless attitude to this highly sensitive subject can set fire to the entire region, and we have to avoid it at any cost.” Russian information companies carried Lavrov’s feedback and reported that Moscow has communicated that place Washington.

Lavrov didn’t immediately deal with the problem of Turkey’s anticipated invasion into northeastern Syria however mentioned that Moscow is encouraging the Kurds and the Syrian authorities to settle their distinction by way of talks.

The prime Russian diplomat harassed that each Damascus and the Syrian Kurds have mentioned they’re “open to dialogue, and we will do our best to help launch talks on this subject.”

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10:30 a.m.

The Kurdish-led civilian administration in northeastern Syria has issued a “general mobilization” name alongside the border with Turkey, as Ankara lots troops forward of an imminent invasion.

The native authority, referred to as the Autonomous Administration of North and East Syria, says: “We call upon our people, of all ethnic groups, to move toward areas close to the border with Turkey to carry out acts of resistance during this sensitive historical time.”

It additionally known as on the worldwide neighborhood to stay as much as its duties as “a humanitarian catastrophe might befall our people” in northeastern Syria.

Turkey has been making ready for an assault on the Kurdish fighters in Syria whom Ankara considers terrorists allied with a Kurdish insurgency inside Turkey.

President Donald Trump on Sunday abruptly introduced American troops would step apart forward of the Turkish push — a shift in U.S. coverage that primarily deserted the Syrian Kurds, longtime U.S. allies within the struggle in opposition to the Islamic State group.

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9:40 a.m.

A prime Turkish official says Turkey’s navy will “shortly” cross into Syria along with allied Syrian insurgent forces after President Donald Trump introduced U.S. troops would withdraw from the realm.

Fahrettin Altun, the Turkish presidency’s communications director, known as on the worldwide neighborhood in a Washington Post op-ed on Wednesday “to rally” behind Ankara.

Altun says Turkey seeks to “neutralize” Syrian Kurdish fighters in northeastern Syria and to “liberate the local population from the yoke of the armed thugs.”

He wrote: “The Turkish military, together with the Free Syrian Army, will cross the Turkish-Syrian border shortly.”

Turkey considers the Syrian Kurdish fighters, allied with American forces within the struggle in opposition to IS, as terrorists linked to outlawed Kurdish rebels inside Turkey.

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9:30 a.m.

A U.S.-backed drive and two Syrian activist teams say Islamic State militants have carried out an assault within the metropolis of Raqqa in northern Syria.

The early Wednesday assault focused a publish of the U.S.-backed Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces in Raqqa, which was as soon as the extremists’ de facto capital.

The assault comes as Turkey is anticipated to launch an offensive in opposition to the Kurdish fighters in northeastern Syria.

The Kurdish fighters say IS launched three suicide assaults in opposition to its positions in Raqqa. There was no phrase on casualties.

Raqqa is being Silently Slaughtered, an activist collective, reported an trade of fireside and a blast.

The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, a struggle monitoring group, says the assault concerned two IS fighters who engaged in a shootout earlier than blowing themselves up.

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