Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan announced on Twitter Wednesday that the Turkish offensive into northeast Syria has started.
Erdogan dubbed the operation as “#OperationPeaceSpring,” in his tweet.
“We will preserve Syria’s territorial integrity and liberate local communities from terrorists,” he wrote.
He added the operation aims to eradicate “the threat of terror” against Turkey.
Turkey had been poised to advance into northeast Syria since U.S. troops began vacating the area in an abrupt policy shift by U.S. President Donald Trump, widely criticized in Washington as a betrayal of America’s Kurdish militia allies.
A Turkish security source told Reuters the military operation into Syria has been launched with air strikes and will be supported by artillery and howitzer fire.
Hours before Erdogan’s announcement, Syrian Kurish forces warned of a “humanitarian catastrophe” and called for mobilization.
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