Turkey-Syria offensive: Welsh Government expresses 'deep concern'

Members of The American Rojava Center for Democracy an organization that advocates for freedom democracy and peace in Syria take part with other activists in a rally to protest Turkey’s incursion into Kurdish-controlled northeast Syria and urge U.S

Erdogan said Wednesday that the USA delegation "must be prepared" to consider Turkey's concerns in northeastern Syria, where a Kurdish-led administration has governed for years.

U.S. Vice President Mike Pence said Monday he will lead a delegation to Turkey in the "immediate future" in an effort to end the violence.

The 65-year-old's comments were made a day after he was quoted in Turkish media as saying that he would never declare a ceasefire in the region, and was not anxious about reactionary sanctions imposed by the US. Vice President Mike Pence and national security adviser Robert O'Brien will soon travel to Turkey.

Turkey's rationale for the invasion of Syria is that it is trying to push back Kurdish forces from the border region for establishing a "safe zone".

The Turkish offensive, which began October 9, is directed against the Kurdish People's Protection Units (YPG) that Turkey considers terrorists, but are allies of Washington in the fight against the Islamic State terror group.

A USA official says the approximately 1,000 US troops being withdrawn from northern Syria will reposition in Iraq, Kuwait and possibly Jordan.

According to a statement, Pence will tell Erdogan that USA sanctions on top Turkish officials will remain in place until a cease-fire deal is reached.

The Turkish incursion into Syria "has upturned one of the real success stories" of the US -led coalition to defeat ISIS, according to one senior administration official who briefed reporters on the latest developments early Monday evening.

Smoke rises from the Syrian town of Ras al-Ain, from the Turkish side of the border at Ceylanpinar district in Sanliurfa, on the first week of Turkey's military operation against Syrian Kurdish fighters.

Russian military police were announced to be patrolling "along the line of contact between the Syrian Arab Republic and Turkey", according to a Russian Defense Ministry statement, the Post reported.

Russia, which has been a military ally to Assad, is stepping into the zone after the exit of US troops.

Turkish officials say six of its soldiers have died, as well as at least 20 Turkish civilians killed by Kurdish mortar fire across the Syrian border.

Russian Federation said it was working to prevent a conflict between Turkish troops and Syrian government forces that have moved in to Kurdish-held areas in the northeast.

"The courageous Kurds stopped ISIS in their tracks; they have been reliable allies to western countries over many years, but instead of being supported, they've been stabbed in the back once again", she said.

Erdogan, who has pledged to continue military operations come what may, said Turkey was giving the world a "second chance" to bring peace to the region. We will never declare a ceasefire.

But Western powers are spooked that the operation is endangering the battle against the Islamic State group, which was led on the ground by Kurdish forces.

China on Tuesday urged Turkey to stop its military offensive in northern Syria.

The president appeared to make light of the desperate situation the Kurdish fighters face with the loss of U.S. military support.

"They are pressuring us to halt the operation".

Vice President Mike Pence: "President Erdogan reached out and requested the call". Our goal is clear.

Erdogan said he was not concerned by the sanctions.



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