Turkey announced last month that its forces will resume operations inside northern Syria to create “safe zone” as a buffer against possible terrorist strikes by Kurdish forces
According to the reports, several people including children were gathered in a village to oppose the presence of US forces when fire was opened at them.
The meeting hosted by the United Nations in Geneva also includes delegates from civil society groups and is backed by Russia, Turkey and Iran
Though the stated objective of this policy reversal is to prevent the Islamic State from gaining control over oil fields, it is being speculated that the real reason is to ensure that the Syrian government does not access these resources
As per the Russia-Turkey agreement, Russian and Turkish forces will jointly patrol the 120-km region between Ras al-Ain and Tal Abyad while Kurdish YPG units will move 30 km away from the border
The deal between the US and Turkey, signed on October 17, may be short- lived given the differences over its interpretation by the different parties
Newsclick’s Prabir Purkayastha talks about the developments in Syria as Turkish forces continue their invasion.
The Turkish move on the border down of Manbij has raised the possibility of a direct confrontation with Syrian forces. Over 160,000 people have been displaced so far
If the Turkish army continues its push southwards, there is a chance of conflict breaking out between them and the Syrian army, which has advanced into the region
The attack by Turkey on the Kurdish forces in northeast Syria with the approval of the US has already led to the death of 14 civilians and threatens the councils, communes and self-managed cooperatives built as part of a multi-ethnic project in Rojava
Protesters condemned the offensive as yet another attempt by Turkish president Tayyip Erdoğan to suppress the struggles of Kurdish people.