Russia Today: Tensions are mounting in northern Syria as Damascus started moving its forces to face the Turkish troops that are carrying out an operation against the Kurds in the area, state news agency Sana reports.

The Kurdish-led administration in northern Syria said in a statement that an agreement has been reached with Damascus for the Syrian government troops to be deployed along the border with Turkey.

The Syrians will deploy to the strategic Kurdish-held border town of Kobani within 48 hours, Lebanese broadcaster al-Mayadeen reported. RT’s sources in the region also confirmed the reports.

The Syrian army already entered the city of Manbij in the northern province of Aleppo late on Sunday, al-Mayadeen reported. The Kurd militiamen let the government troops pass through their checkpoints unhampered.The distance between Manbij and Kobani is around 60 milometers, a one-hour car drive.

Turkey is going to come under intense pressure now that Syrian troops are heading to the north, believes Joshua Landis, director of the Center for Middle East Studies at the University of Oklahoma.

“The Syrian government is going to try to go across and get the oilfields, the gas fields that are so crucial for Syria’s economic well-being. Also, this is prime agricultural land as the Euphrates River flows down here. The Tabqa Dam that the Americans and the Kurds held, the Syrian government is going to want to take that back as well,” he listed.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and his Syrian counterpart, Bashar Assad, would have to show off their best diplomatic skills to avoid an all-out war between their countries, Landis believes.

Earlier this week, the Turkish military entered northern Syria without consent from Damascus in order to fight the Kurdish militia in the Kobani region, whom Ankara regards as terrorists.

Turkey says the aim of the operation is to create a “safe zone” near its border to prevent the Kurdish fighters from making incursions into the country.

Before the start the Turkish operation, the US called back several dozen of its servicemen, who were embedded with the Kurdish forces. On Saturday, Donald Trump authorized a withdrawal of the remaining 1,000 US troops from Kobani so that they don’t get caught up between the warring sides.

The Kurds, who had been Washington’s main allies in fighting Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS/ISIL) before, called the US move a betrayal.

Syrian Army to Seize Kurdish-Held Town in Aleppo
Syrian Army to Seize Kurdish-Held Town in Aleppo

TEHRAN (FNA)- The Syrian military is reportedly poised to take over Manbij from Kurdish militants in an attempt to prevent the Northern city’s fall to the Turkish army.

Turkish army forces have begun ground operations in Northeastern Syria, and crossed into the country’s territories on the Eastern bank of the Euphrates River, hours after kicking off a major military operation against Kurdish militias in the war-torn country on Wednesday. Tens of thousands of people have been displaced from the area due to the bombardment, acording to local and international organizations, while tens of civilians killed and wounded in recent days.

A source told Sputnik news agency on Saturday that Syrian government forces will enter Manbij in Aleppo Province under an agreement reached between Russia and Syria on the one side and Russia, the US and the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) on the other.

The deal includes the deployment of Syrian army units with heavy and medium weapons in Manbij, where they would raise the national flag over government buildings as well as entrances to the city, he revealed.

The Syrian army build-up in Manbij is meant to prevent the invasion of the city by Turkish forces and their allied militants, who have been attacking Syria’s Northeast over the past few days. Earlier on Saturday, the US reportedly withdrew its last military equipment from Manbij.

Manbij was liberated from the ISIL (ISIS or Daesh) terrorist group in 2016. Since then, it has been controlled by Washington-sponsored SDF, led by the Kurdish People’s Protection Units (YPG).

Damascus has censured Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s latest remarks concerning his keenness to protect Syrian people and their rights as far from reality, emphasizing that the Damascus government will respond to Ankara’s offensive into the Northeastern part of the country through all available legal means.

Syria’s Deputy Foreign Minister Faisal Mekdad has also attacked Kurdish fighters, saying they had betrayed their country. He accused US-backed Kurdish militants of following a separatist agenda that gave Turkey a pretext to violate his country’s sovereignty.

The Turkish military had launched two cross-border incursions in Northern Syria, namely “Euphrates Shield” in August 2016 and “Olive Branch” in January 2018 with the declared aim of eradicating Kurdish militants and ISIL terrorists near Turkey’s borders.

Addressing the 74th session of the United Nations General Assembly at UN headquarters in late September, Syrian Foreign Minister Walid al-Muallem lashed out at Turkey for providing “terrorists with all forms of support, including weapons that are more sophisticated”, stating that Ankara’s action undermines all agreements reached during the Astana talks in Kazakhstan.

“If Turkey is truly committed to the security of its borders and the unity of Syria, as it claims, it must choose whether to respect the Astana understandings and the bilateral agreements on counter-terrorism to secure the borders and to withdraw its forces from Syria, or to be the aggressor and the occupier – and to face the consequences,” he noted.

Muallem stated that Syria is resolved to rid the entire Arab country of foreign-sponsored Takfiri militants.

In a recent interview with Al-Mayadeen television news network, the top Syrian diplomat said “every inch” of the Syrian territory will be liberated from terrorists very soon.

Sputnik News: Ankara is pressing forward with its military operation in northern Syria despite harsh criticism from the EU, the United States and the Arab League, who are considering possible sanctions and diplomatic measures against the country.

The Turkish military and local fighters supported by Ankara continue to move ahead with “Operation Peace Spring” in Syria, aimed against the Daesh* terrorist group and the US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF). A day earlier saw battles in the border city of Ras al-Ayn, as both Turkey and the SDF claimed they had gained control over its centre. According to Ankara, its forces have neutralised 415 militants since the start of the op.

The ground offensive was announced earlier this week by President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, who vowed to continue it despite major pushback from the EU, the US, and Arab States.

Local residents applaud as a convoy of Turkish forces trucks transporting tanks is driven in Sanliurfa province, southeastern Turkey, at the border with Syria
© AP PHOTO / LEFTERIS PITARAKIS
Local residents applaud as a convoy of Turkish forces trucks transporting tanks is driven in Sanliurfa province, southeastern Turkey, at the border with Syria

According to his Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu, the op was launched under Article 51 of the UN Charter and UN Security Council Resolutions regarding the fight against terrorism because Turkey considers the Kurdish troops to be affiliated with Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) that Ankara has blacklisted as a terror organisation.

Damascus, however, stressed that the operation is another violation of Syria’s sovereignty. The Arab League also opposed Ankara on the issue and is considering halting military cooperation and lowering of diplomatic ties with Turkey. At the same time, France and Germany have already halted arms exports to Ankara, urging the Middle Eastern country to stop the offensive.

Dozens Rally in DC Calling for Recognition of Kurdish-Led Forces in Syria as Terrorists – Video

Dozens of people on Sunday, 13 October 2019, gathered in the vicinity of the White House in Washington DC to protest the Trump administration's stance on the ongoing Turkish military offensive in northern Syria.

Video: Dozens Rally in DC Calling for Recognition of Kurdish-Led Forces in Syria as Terrorists

00:14 14.10.2019

Dozens of people on Sunday gathered in the vicinity of the White House in Washington DC to protest the Trump administration’s stance on the ongoing Turkish military offensive in northern Syria.

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  • 23:36

    US Observation Post in Syria’s Aleppo Evacuated

    According to the Turkish military, one of the US observation points in southern Ayn Al-Arab district of Syria’s Aleppo has been evacuated. There has been no statement issued on the reason for the evacuation so far.

  • 22:28

    Russian Military Warns Daesh Terrorists May Flee SDF Detention Amid Turkey’s Operation

    Daesh (IS, ISIS banned in Russia) terrorists, who are held at seven prisons controlled by the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), may flee the detention facilities amid Turkey’s offensive in northern Syria, provoking a sharp escalation of the situation in the entire Middle East, Maj. Gen. Alexey Bakin, head of the Russian center for Syrian reconciliation said on Sunday.

    According to the official’s data, SDF guards seven Daesh prisons and at least eight camps housing temporarily displaced persons, including terrorist families.

    “The possible exit of terrorists from detention can provoke a sharp deterioration of the situation in the entire Middle East region. All parties to the Syrian settlement must take measures to prevent this scenario,” Bakin said.

    The official also estimates that lives of at least 120,000 people, who are staying at eight SDF-controlled camps for temporarily displaced persons in northern Syria, are at risk amid the Turkish offensive.

  • 22:16

    Kurdish-Led Administration, Damascus Agree to Deploy Syrian Troops Along Turkish Border, Repel Ankara’s Offensive

    The Syrian army conducts mine clearance outside the town of Khan Sheikhoun after its liberation, Idlib province, Syria

    Kurdish-Led Administration, Damascus Agree to Deploy Syrian Troops Along Turkish Border

    22:08 13.10.2019

    Kurdish-led authorities in the northern part of Syria have reached an agreement with the Syrian government in Damascus to deploy Syrian forces along the entire Turkish border to assist in repelling an ongoing military invasion by Damascus.

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  • 21:26

    Syrian Army Enters Manbij, North of Aleppo, to Take it Under Control – Reports

  • 21:07

    ‘What Is This Sh*t?’: Syrian Kurds Learnt About US Pull-Out From Twitter – Report

    Members of the special forces of the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) are pictured during preparations to join the front against Turkish forces, on October 10, 2019

    ‘What Is This Sh*t?’: Syrian Kurds Learnt About US Pull-Out From Twitter – Report

    20:04 13.10.2019

    Two days ahead of the start of the Turkish military operation against Syrian Kurds, the US announced that it would be withdrawing its troops from the area in order to avoid getting caught in the cross-fire between the warring parties. Some, however, including the Kurds, saw this as a “betrayal” of groups that had helped the US fight Daesh*.

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  • 20:51

    US Army Leaves Ain Issa Area in Syria

    A Sputnik correspondent has reported that the US Army has temporarily left the Ain Issa area east of Tell Abiad because of the Turkish offensive against Kurdish groups in north-eastern Syria. The troops were withdrawn in order to avoid coming under Turkish fire. According to the reporter, the troops were evacuated to military bases in the Syrian province of Raqqa.

    The United States has also evacuated its military base in Jalabiya in the Syrian province of Raqqa, Syrian state TV reported.

  • 20:35

    Macron to Hold Emergency Cabinet Meeting to Discuss Turkey Offensive – Elysee

  • 20:25

    Free Syrian Army Raises Their Flag at Entrance to Tell Abiad

    © Sputnik / Hikmet Durgun
  • 20:17

    French President Macron Says He Made it Clear to Erdogan, Trump That Turkish Operation in Syria ‘Must Stop’

    “We have a common desire that this offensive ends”, Emmanuel Macron said, standing alongside Germany Chancellor Angela Merkel. “This offensive risks creating an unsustainable humanitarian situation and help Daesh re-emerge in the region”.

  • 20:16

    Syrian Army Begins to Move Troops to Face ‘Turkish Army Aggression’ in Northern Syria – Reports

    © Sputnik / Hikmet Durgun

    The Syrian government has started moving troops to the country’s north, where the Turkish military operation Peace Spring is underway, in order to confront Turkey’s aggression, the Syrian news agency SANA reported.

  • 19:47

    Erdogan Says Turkey Has No Problems With Russia on Situation in Syria, Maintains Constant Contact With Putin

    “The Sochi Agreement [with the Russian Federation on Syria’s Idlib] is being successfully implemented as a result of our meetings in Tehran and Ankara. We are not talking about any problems with Russia. We are in touch with President Putin. If there is a question, we can negotiate and accept within 24 hours a joint decision on the steps to be taken”, Erdogan told reporters in Istanbul, as quoted by Anadolu.

  • 19:13

    Reports of Daesh Prisoners Escaping Are ‘Disinformation’ – Erdogan

    “They continuously broadcast disinformation about Daesh terrorists having fled the prison. They do it to incite the United States and the West. The leaders with whom I am in touch ask me about it all the time”, Erdogan said at a press encounter in Istanbul.

    The camp, located seven miles south of the Turkish border, is home to 7,000 displaced persons, among whom 785 are suspected members of Daesh. On Friday, the Kurdish administration announced plans to evacuate the camp’s residents and move them to al-Arisha camp, south of the city of Hassakah.

  • 18:53

    Syrian Army Will Enter SDF-Held Town of Ain Arab and Manbij in 48 Hours – Lebanese Broadcaster

  • 17:58

    Erdogan Says 18 Civilians Killed in Shelling of Turkish Settlements Near Border With Syria

    “The total number of terrorists that have been neutralised during Operation Peace Spring is 490, of them 440 were killed. The near-border settlements of Turkey have been targeted by mortar and rocket attacks from Syria 652 times. During the shelling of our towns by terrorists, 18 civilians have been killed and 147 injured”, Erdogan said in a television statement to the NTV broadcaster.

    Two Turkish servicemen and 16 militants with the opposition Syrian National Army were killed during the military operation, Erdogan added.

  • 15:55

    Merkel Urges Erdogan to Immediately End Turkey’s Offensive in Syria

    In a phone call with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, German Chancellor Angela Merkel “spoke in favour of an immediate end to the military operation”, her office said in a statement.

  • 15:52

    Ankara Says it Has Taken Control of Major Highway in Northern Syria After Battles With Kurdish Forces

    Turkish forces have seized control of Syria’s M4 highway, some 30-35 kilometres (19-22 miles) inside Syrian territory, as part of their offensive against Kurdish militants in north-eastern Syria, Turkey’s Defence Ministry said on Twitter.

  • 15:46

    Washington Says Reports of Female Kurdish Politician Being Killed in Northeast Syria ‘Extremely Troubling’

    “We find these reports to be extremely troubling, reflecting the overall destabilisation of northeast Syria since the commencement of hostilities on Tuesday”, a State Department spokesman said in a comment. The official added that Washington denounces any abuse and extrajudicial execution of civilians or prisoners, and is looking further into the circumstances of the incident.

    Kurdish Female Leader Ambushed and Killed in Syria Amid Turkish Offensive – Report

    14:21 13.10.2019

    Ankara’s forces and its allied fighters have been moving ahead with an operation in Syria targeting Daesh* and the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) despite criticism from the EU, the US, and the Arab League. According to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, at least 38 civilians have been killed since the fighting started five days ago.

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  • 15:42

    US President Orders American Troops to Relocate in Syria Amid Turkish Offensive – Pentagon Chief

    US Defence Secretary Mark Esper stated that Donald Trump has ordered US forces in Syria to move south of Turkey’s attacks against Kurdish forces, but not to leave the country.

    Washington Says Reports of Killing of Kurdish Politician in Northeast Syria ‘Extremely Troubling’

    In this photo taken from the Turkish side of the border between Turkey and Syria, in Suruc, southeastern Turkey, a U.S forces outpost is seen on a hilltop outside Ayn Al Arab or Kobani, Syria, Saturday, Oct. 12, 2019.

    US to Pull About 1,000 Troops From Syria’s North Due to Turkish Offensive – Pentagon

    16:00 13.10.2019

    The Pentagon earlier confirmed that some Turkish shelling near the city of Kobani in northern Syria was in close proximity to American troops stationed at an observation post there. Washington insists that Ankara was aware of where its troops were located, while Turkey insists that it never intended to attack American forces.

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  • 14:45

    Turkish Offensive to Go 30-35 Kilometres into Syrian Territory – Erdogan

    Turkish forces have seized control of Syria’s M4 highway, some 30-35 kilometres (19-22 miles) inside Syrian territory, as part of their offensive against Kurdish militants in north-eastern Syria, Turkey’s Defence Ministry said on Twitter.

  • 14:22

    Kurdish Fighters Say 800 Daesh Terrorists Have Escaped From Camp

    According to the Kurdish administration in northern Syria, several “mercenaries” (which could mean Turkish-backed militants) attacked the facility, while “Daesh elements” assaulted the guards and left the camp.

  • 13:09

    Turkish Army Enters Syria’s Tell Abiad, Clashes With Kurdish Self-Defence Forces – Reports

    According to recent reports, Turkish troops, backed by Free Syrian Army (FAS) militants, have entered the city. At the same time, Turkish artillery is firing on Kurdish self-defence fighters.

  • 12:13

    Video From Syrian Border Amid Turkish Military Operation Against SDF

    Turkish artillery fires toward Syrian Kurdish positions in Afrin area, Syria, from Turkish side of the border in Hatay, Turkey, Friday, Feb. 9, 2018

    Video From Syrian Border Amid Turkish Military Operation Against SDF

    12:12 13.10.2019

    During the previous day of battles, the Turkish military and the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) clashed in the city of Ras al-Ayn. The militants claim they have hit 7 tanks and killed 75 soldiers, while Turkey claimes that it has neutralised 415 SDF fighters since the start of the op.

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  • 10:32

    Turkish Forces Seize City of Suluk in Raqqa – Reports

    According to Syrian broadcaster Ikhbariya, on Sunday Turkey occupied the border city of Suluk, which is located in the northeastern part of Raqqa Governorate.

  • 10:21

    Erdogan Tells UK PM Johnson Ankara to Continue Offensive Until Removal of Daesh and PKK Threats

    “Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has held a telephone conversation with UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson. The president told Johnson about the goals of Operation Peace Spring and said that it would continue until the terrorist threat posed by the PKK — Syrian Kurds’ self-defence forces — and the IS [Daesh] in northern Syria is completely eliminated, allowing the voluntary and safe return of Syrian refugees”, the official statement read.

  • 10:00

    Kurdish-led SDF Says Killed 75 Turkish Soldiers, Destroyed 7 Tanks in Ras al-Ayn – Reports

    According to the Firat news agency, the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) said that they had attacked the Turkish Army in the Syrian city of Ras al-Ayn, leaving 75 soldiers dead and seven tanks destroyed, while 19 more Turkish troops were injured.


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10 COMMENTS

  1. Looks like the balloon’s already gone up. Probably Syrian forces have the edge since they’re battle hardened and the Turks aren’t then again the whole operation could be a classic pincer movement forcing the Kurds and whatever’s left of ISIS either to surrender or die.

    • Kurds are Lost Idiots Who Never Really know What They’re doing ,,,,,, Kurds are Crazy about getting a Kurdistan and Always barking up the Wrong Tree …… The Kurds will need to be excused and somehow spared …….. ISIS is a Completely Different Story , These are Sunni Takfiris Bankrolled to the Hilt by Sunni Donating Arab Sheikhs ….. the ISIS Invades , Enslaves and then Trades Humans ….. which is the Acme of Disgusting Behavior …. the Sins of ISIS are Simply Unforgivable ….. The ISIS should Never Ever Survive OR be Allowed to Spread Across the Planet …… ISIS is a Collection of the Most despicable rotten bastards whpo have Already Demonstrated That These Totally Lost Souls Do Not Deserve to Survive or Spread …… As Always , the USA creates Evils like ISIS , Al-Qarda , AlShabab or even Boko Haram …… ALL Mischief is created by USA Black Funds …… the ISIS must be eradicated completely from the face of this Planets , The ISIS is too too Stupid and Uncivilised to be ,

  2. Moron Macron (which I did not vote for him) together with his mother-Sorry I meant his wife- and the lady Frau, never ending chancellor of occupied Germany can bark out as much as they want. They have been complicit and doing the dirty deeds of the unseen power in most countries. Macron has a serious domestic problem (gilets jaunes) in our country and may be soon gone (good riddance personally) and the Frau should listen to the discontents German with the flood of refugees-Not fault of theirs- which is all engineered by the usual suspects and made possible with the war in Libya and Syria during the Obama/Clinton, Obama/Kerry fake Arab spring of fame starting in 2011.

  3. ….But this scheme by Turkey, Russia and the US will dislodge the Kurds of that 1/3 rich Syrian land and will return to Syria as it should, but we shall monitor Turkey’s future action nonetheless. Despite the death of civilians of all ethnicity in that area in recent days, I rest happy that the Oded Ybnon plan will not be carried away. One has to monitor Israeli’s MSM papers and can easily spot what I mean. With the will of Zeus and Athena, Syria balkanisation as part of Oded Ynon plan/Great Israel non sense is flushed in the toilets, like the attempt with the Kurds in oil rich land in Iraq. The hard core Zionists, criminals in their roots, in that little shitty state can hit their head in the wall but confined in the lands stolen in 1948 and 1967 for the moment.They can play the victims as much as they want. But one has to watch these crazies and hope they will not activate option Samson at any time in an act of desperation. In any case, they must be stopped. Time will tell, but the natural aspiration is one state for all and equal right for all in Palestine/Israel, despite the facts that the racist Zionists do not want that.

  4. Since the Syrian Kurds, the so-called Syrian Democratic Forces (what a nice name to cover some of their bad deeds) have called on Damascus to come to their rescue. Unlike the title of this article, I feel that the Turkish invasion is planned and coordinated by both Russia and the US, as was noted by VT. Now that the Syrian Arab Army is likely to step in the 1/3rd of resource rich land confiscated of Syria, then this should normally stop Turkey to make any further advances. My gut feeling tells me that is so . Syria and Turkey will not engage in fighting. The Syrian Kurds have only themselves to blame and reap what they sow, although I am against harming any civilians, the Kurds played a silly/dirty role with the US as covered by VT. This started under Obama/Kerry. History told them they have been played with and their behaviour indicates they are loyal to fault…