Turkey on Wednesday started a military offensive against Kurdish fighters in northeastern Syria following the withdrawal of the US forces from the region.
US and the Kurdish Forces have been allies in the fight against the Islamic State group in worn torn Syria, but President Donald Trump on Sunday announced that American troops would step aside from the region, a policy that leaves their Kurdish allies vulnerable.
Trump said his decision to withdraw U.S. troops from parts of northeast Syria was in fulfilling a campaign promise to withdraw from the “endless war” in the Middle East.
However, Turkish President, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, while announcing the commencement of the military onslaught in the region on his Twitter handle, on Wednesday, said it was to “prevent the creation of a terror corridor across our southern border, and to bring peace to the area.”
The operation is being conducted alongside Syrian National Army, a Turkish-backed Syrian rebel group.
Images of Turkish warplanes bombing parts of northeastern part of the country which houses Kurdish fighters have emerged as Turkey begins the onslaught.