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Trump describes as “a bad idea” Turkey’s offensive against Kurdish forces in Syria

October 9, 2019

The Turkish parties, with the exception of the HDP, express their support for the 'Operation Peace Spring'


The president of the United States, Donald Trump, said Wednesday that the offensive launched by Turkey against Kurdish forces in northeastern Syria “is a bad idea” and stressed that Washington “does not support this attack.”

“This morning, Turkey, a NATO member, has invaded Syria,” he said in a statement, in which he stressed that the United States “has made it clear to Turkey that this operation is a bad idea.”

“There are no American soldiers in the area. From the first day I entered the political arena, I made it clear that I did not want to fight in these endless and meaningless wars, especially those that do not benefit the United States,” he has argued.

Thus, he reiterated that the Turkish authorities “have pledged to protect civilians, religious minorities, including Christians, and to ensure that there will be no humanitarian crisis, and we will make them fulfill this commitment.”

“In addition, Turkey is now responsible for ensuring that the retained Islamic State combatants remain in prison and that the Islamic State is not reconstituted in any way or manner. We hope that Turkey adheres to all its commitments and continues to analyze the situation closely,” It has riveted.

The statement was published just a few days after Trump himself gave Ankara 'green light' for the offensive against the Popular Protection Units (YPG) and withdrew his troops from the area.

For his part, the German Foreign Minister, Heiko Maas, has “strongly condemned” the Turkish offensive and warned that it “poses a risk of destabilization in the region and for a resurgence of Islamic State.”

“We ask Turkey to end the offensive and pursue its security interests peacefully,” said the minister through his official account on the social network Twitter.

Along the same lines, the Prime Minister of Italy, Giuseppe Conte, expressed his “concern” about the “unilateral initiative of Turkey” and stressed that “it poses a risk of destabilization in the region.”

He also said that the military offensive “could cause greater suffering to local communities”, as collected by the news agency AdnKronos.

Netherlands Foreign Minister Stef Blok has said on Twitter that Amsterdam “condemns the Turkish offensive in northeastern Syria” and has summoned the Turkish ambassador to the country. “We ask Turkey not to continue along this path,” he has riveted.


In contrast to these international criticisms, the Turkish political parties have expressed their support for the 'Operation Peace Spring', shortly after the country's president, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, announced the beginning of it.

Thus, the leader of the Nationalist Action Party (MHP), Devlet Bahceli, has argued that Turkey “will establish a 'safe zone' in northeastern Syria, as well as peace, tranquility and stability in the region.”

The leader of the party, ally of the Justice and Development Party (AKP) of Erdogan, has also pointed out that the offensive “is carried out strictly in line with International Law and standards of legitimacy.”

Bahceli has said that Ankara has launched the operation “to neutralize treacherous and separatist organizations that seriously threaten the survival and national existence of Turkey,” according to the Turkish state news agency Anatolia.

The leader of the opposition Republican People's Party (CHP), Kemal Kili├ždaroglu, has wished through Twitter that “God bless and grant the victory to our children”, while expressing his desire for a “successful” operation in the country neighbour.

For his part, the leader of the Great Unity Party (BBP), Mustafa Destici, has argued that “the objective of this operation is to guarantee border security and eliminate the terrorist threat emanating from Syria.”

“I hope that our soldiers return home safely and that peace prevails in the region as soon as possible,” said Saadet opposition leader Temel Karamollaoglu.


The only discordant note has been the pro-Kurd People's Democratic Party (HDP), which has denounced the beginning of the “attempted invasion of a region in which more than five million people, Kurds, Arabs, Turkmen, Yazidis, Muslims and Christians, they live in harmony. ”

“Supporting this war means preferring the Islamic State gangs over these towns as neighbors. As we have said many times before, not the war,” the party said through its Twitter account.

Finally, he has indicated that “the attempted invasion of Rojava – Syrian Kurdistan – by Turkey is a crime against Humanity and violates all humanitarian laws.”

“This attack will give the Islamic State an opportunity to reorganize and drag the region into the deep darkness of 2014. Support the Rojava, oppose the war,” he has settled.


The Turkish operation has started days after Trump took a 180-degree turn to the Washington alliance with the SDS, until then a key ally in the fight against the Islamic State, and withdrew his troops from the area to allow the Turkish offensive.

Kino Gabriel, another SDS spokesman, called the “stab in the back” decision. “There were guarantees from the United States that it would not allow Turkish military operations against the region,” he said.

The Kurdish authorities in Syria had expressed support for the agreement on the 'safe zone' agreed between Washington and Ankara in this area and had begun dismantling their defensive positions before Trump's announcement.

Therefore, they have stressed that the withdrawal of these defensive positions “left our people defenseless,” which is why the SDS have called for the creation of an air exclusion zone in northeastern Syria.

Turkey considers the YPG group as a terrorist group for its ties with the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) and has repeatedly called on the United States to withdraw its support.