Turkish Military Offensive Begins in Northern Syria

President of Turkey Recep Tayyip Erdogan. Photo credit: President of Russia

President of Turkey, Recep Tayyip Erdogan announced on Twitter on Wednesday that Turkish Military Forces have launched a military offensive into northeastern Syria.

CNN reports that the action taken by Turkey and Syrian Armed forces is directly aimed “at clearing US-back Kurdish forces, the People’s Protection Units (YPG) — which have been a key ally of the US in the fight against ISIS — away from Turkey’s border.”

The military offensive follows the Sunday late night announcement that U.S. Military would be moved from the area and would not take part in the operation.

The White House Statement in full from Sunday.

Today, President Donald J. Trump spoke with President Recep Tayyip Erdogan of Turkey by telephone. Turkey will soon be moving forward with its long-planned operation into Northern Syria. The United States Armed Forces will not support or be involved in the operation, and United States forces, having defeated the ISIS territorial “Caliphate,” will no longer be in the immediate area.

The United States Government has pressed France, Germany, and other European nations, from which many captured ISIS fighters came, to take them back, but they did not want them and refused. The United States will not hold them for what could be many years and great cost to the United States taxpayer. Turkey will now be responsible for all ISIS fighters in the area captured over the past two years in the wake of the defeat of the territorial “Caliphate” by the United States.

On Monday the President faced rare bipartisan criticism over the decision, that Fox News reported left the Pentagon blindsided.

On Wednesday President Trump took to Twitter to defend his decision.

Some Twitter users reactions to the invasion.

Senator Lindsey Graham (R-SC) called the invasion by Turkey a “disaster in the making,” adding that this move ensures the reemergence of ISIS. He went on to say he would lead an effort in Congress to make sure Erdogan pays a heavy price.

Senator Susan Collins (R-ME).

Rep. Bonnie Coleman (D-NJ).

Rep. Eric Swalwell (D-CA).

Fox News National Security Correspondent Jennifer Griffin reported via tweet that Turkey is now teaming up with Russia.

Rantt Media posted a video of President Trump from September of 2018.

Some media news clips.

CNN reported in their live updates on the invasion that the UN Security Council will hold a closed-door meeting on Thursday regarding the Turkish military operation.

President Trump offered another statement.

Erdogan and President Trump are scheduled to meet in the Oval Office on November 13th.

It should be noted that both Collins and Graham said “if media reports” where true, after Erdogan tweeted his announcement.

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