Celebrations erupt as Kurds and Syrian government reach a deal

WION Web Team
New Delhi, Delhi, India Published: Oct 14, 2019, 10:06 AM(IST)

Smoke rises from the Syrian town of Ras al-Ain, in a picture taken from the Turkish side of the border in Ceylanpinar. Photograph:( AFP )

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The Turkish offensive continued to escalate as Ankara-backed rebels captured a second Syrian border town. 

The Syrian army has sent troops to confront Turkish aggression. This move came after successful negotiations between the Kurds and the Bashar al-Assad government to form a united front against the invasion.

Residents of northern Syria were seen celebrating the Kurd-Damascus deal as United States President Donald Trump ordered all US troops to withdraw from the area to avoid getting caught in the middle of the fast-escalating conflict.

In a series of tweets, Trump said that it was a very smart move not to get involved in the Syria offensive as the Turks and Kurds have been fighting each other for years.

Trump asked the Turks and Kurds to ensure that ISIS prisoners don't escape. 

This came after nearly 800 ISIS supporters escaped the poorly guarded jails run by the Kurds. 

Remember, the Kurds have abandoned prison posts to resist the Turkish onslaught, leading to concerns over the revival of the isis.

The Turkish offensive continued to escalate as Ankara-backed rebels captured a second Syrian border town. The Syrian Observatory for human rights has said that civilians were also killed in the fighting.

Over a lakh civilians have been displaced as the rebels were known as the 'national army' entered the Tel Abyad town.

Meanwhile, amid fears of a Kurdish genocide, french president Emmanuel Macron said that the Turkish invasion is paving way for an unbearable humanitarian crisis. 

However, Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan vowed to continue the offensive as he dismissed warnings from Ankara's western allies.

Turkey has said that it wants to create a 'buffer zone' along the Syrian border. It wants to expel Kurds from the region and settle Syrian Arabs who fled to Turkey to escape the war at home.

Turkey considers the Syrian Kurdish fighter group the YPG as an offshoot of the separatist Turk-Kurdish party the PKK.

Turkish offensive began after US Announced troops pullout from Syria. 

The YPG-led Syrian democratic front played a key role in Washington's fight against the Islamic state in Syria.

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