- Turkish forces launched a military operation against Kurdish forces in northeastern Syria on Wednesday, hours after President Trump announced that the US was pulling troops from the region.
- In an official statement, President Erdogan said “The Turkish Armed Forces, together with the Syrian National Army, just launched #OperationPeaceSpring against PKK/YPG and Daesh terrorists in northern Syria. Our mission is to prevent the creation of a terror corridor across our southern border, and to bring peace to the area.”
- He tweeted that “Our mission is to prevent the creation of a terror corridor across our southern border, and to bring peace to the area.” The operation “will neutralize terror threats against Turkey and lead to the establishment of a safe zone, facilitating the return of Syrian refugees to their homes,” he said.
The YPG/SDF forces launched counter attack within minutes of the Turkish air strikes, reportedly damaging some homes in Nusaybin and adjoining areas.