Ayatollah Khatami warns Turkey of ‘quagmire’ in northern Syria

Recep Tayyip Erdogan said he would

Akcakale: Turkey said on Friday that one of its soldiers was killed in northern Syria, the first such fatality in its offensive against a Kurdish militia. He said in an afternoon tweet: "Send in thousands of troops. hit Turkey very hard financially. or mediate a deal between Turkey and the Kurds".

6 that US troops would leave northern Syria and hand over responsibility for captured fighters of the ISIS terrorist group to Turkey. Urgent concerns remain about what would happen to thousands of Islamic State fighters held in Kurdish-run prisons if Turkish forces overran the region.

They said the offensive threatens progress against the extremist Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) by a global coalition, undermines stability of the region and exacerbates "civilian suffering".

At least 32 fighters with the SDF and 34 Turkey-backed Syrian rebels have been killed in fighting, while 10 civilians have been killed, Abdulrahman said.

During the same briefing, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff General Mark Milley said there were no signs that Turkey was going to stop its offensive, though the Turkish ground incursion had been limited for now.

President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's government considers the Kurds "terrorists" who are allied with Turkey's outlawed Kurdistan Workers' Party.

Turkey believes more than 1,000 Islamic State fighters are being held in the swathe of northeast Syria its troops are set on capturing, a lot of them foreign jihadists from Europe and the United States, two Turkish security officials said.

A jihadist terrorist of Cypriot origins was reportedly taken out of Kurdish custody just as Turkey was initiating its ground offensive in Syria, with the U.S. president saying "dangerous ISIS fighters" are in secure locations. The ongoing invasion is not only an assault on Syria's Kurdish forces that nearly single-handedly, and heroically, defeated ISIS on the ground but, also, an assault on Turkish democrats and their campaign to check the creeping authoritarianism of the Turkish government.

"I am not sure whether the Turkish army will be able to bring this under control", Putin warned.

"Turkey wouldn't consciously do anything that would cause the release of ISIS (another name for the IS group) fighters", Eissenstat said.


Trump has called the Turkish assault against the USA -aligned Kurdish a "bad idea" and has reiterated that he did not endorse it.

Esper also said the incursion "risks serious consequences" for Turkey, and he expressed his concern that it could harm United States personnel in Syria.

"There are zones located in the north of Syria where Islamic State militants are concentrated".

"It is unlikely that a so-called "safe zone" in northeast Syria, as envisaged by Turkey, would satisfy worldwide criteria for refugee return as laid down" by the UN Refugee Agency, the European countries said, adding: "Any attempt at demographic change would be unacceptable".

Explosions were reported in the northern Syrian border towns of Ras al Ain and Tel Abyad Friday as the Turkish military offensive continued.

In the face of widespread worldwide criticism for his military foray into northern Syria, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan remains defiant, standing by his pledge to return as many refugees as possible to a border corridor that will be carved out by force.

"The U.S. and others made it clear they will be staying in the southern part.", he said.

The SDF said Turkish air strikes and shelling had killed nine civilians.

Russian President Vladimir Putin said he doubted Turkey would be able to ensure IS prisoners stay behind bars.

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