Turkish forces have launched a military offensive into Kurdish-controlled parts of Syria, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, the country’s president, said Wednesday.
“The Turkish Armed Forces, together with the Syrian National Army, just launched #OperationPeaceSpring against PKK/YPG and Daesh terrorists in northern Syria,” Erodgan announced on Twitter. “Our mission is to prevent the creation of a terror corridor across our southern border, and to bring peace to the area.”
The move comes in defiance of international criticism and just days after President Donald Trump announced U.S. troops supporting Kurdish forces in the area would be pulled back from the border zone. Trump has defended the move.