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Nov 17, 2020 For weeks, Turkey has been bombing areas in northeastern Syria and preventing by proxy by way of the Syrian opposition teams loyal to it towards the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) in Ain Issa, Manbij and the Aleppo countryside. The latter areas are beneath the management of the SDF, backed by the US-led coalition towards the Islamic State in Syria. Ilham Ahmed, head of the Syrian Democratic Council’s government committee, the SDF’s political wing, reassured civilians that no new Turkish operation will strike their areas. Ahmed’s assertion got here throughout a press interview on Oct. 10, one 12 months after Turkey’s Operation Peace Spring towards the SDF on Oct. 9, 2019, killed and displaced many civilians. However, the residents are apprehensive. Nubar Zaven is from the town of Tell Abyad in northeastern Syria and now lives in Armenia. After a army squad from the Syrian opposition military seized his property in 2019, he needed to move along with his household to Hasakah. Zaven later made it to Armenia, however his mother and father and his two sisters had been unable to travel and are nonetheless caught in Hasakah. He advised Al-Monitor that he and his household fear a brand new Turkish occupation of northern Syria. “Turkish artillery never stopped bombing populated villages in Manbij and Ain Issa throughout the entire month [of October]. This indicates that Turkey will carry out its threats and occupy the entire Syrian border strip, as it did last year,” Zaven added. Ahmed mentioned throughout her interview that the choice of the US presidency to increase the particular nationwide emergency associated to Syria for a 12 months would curb any new Turkish invasion of northern Syria, and she or he famous that US assist for improvement tasks east of the Euphrates will assure this safety. An Oct. 8 White House assertion learn, “The situation in and in relation to Syria, and in particular the actions by the Government of Turkey to conduct a military offensive into northeast Syria, undermines the campaign to defeat the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, or ISIS, endangers civilians, and further threatens to undermine the peace, security, and stability in the region, and continues to pose an unusual and extraordinary threat to the national security and foreign policy of the United States. For this reason, the national emergency declared on October 14, 2019, must continue in effect beyond October 14, 2020.” Meanwhile, native media sources report an escalation of Turkish bombing on the villages of Khalidiya and Hoshan within the western countryside of Tell Abyad and the neighborhood of Ain Issa in addition to the continued concentrating on of areas in Mount Qaraquzak within the jap countryside of Aleppo and villages within the Shahba space of the Aleppo countryside. On Nov. 1, the village of Bir Khatik within the western Tell Abyad countryside was bombed. Mustafa Khalil, who works as a photojournalist for a number of Arab shops within the Shahba space, fears a Turkish army operation will goal new areas in northern Syria. He advised Al-Monitor he believes that Tell Rifaat, Manbij and Ain Issa are high Turkish priorities, declaring that they have been repeatedly bombed by Turkish forces, killing dozens of civilians. Residents of those areas fear a brand new occupation and extra human rights violations, as occurred in Afrin throughout Operation Peace Spring. “The population’s concerns increased after the Turkish military withdrew from several points, the most important of which was in Morek, its largest military [observation] post in the Hama countryside, and it dismantled its equipment there on Oct. 18. The people interpreted this as a Turkish-Russian deal whereby Russia allows Turkey to occupy Tell Rifaat, Manbij and Ain Issa in exchange for a Turkish withdrawal from Morek and several other military points, paving the way for the Syrian regime to enter those areas and control them,” Khalil famous. Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has repeatedly threatened a army assault towards the SDF areas, SDF officer Sarukhbun Khabat advised Al-Monitor, “The disastrous economic conditions in Turkey and the collapse of its currency due to political issues stemming from Erdogan’s policies against regional [countries] pushed him to direct his people’s attention from the internal Turkish mess toward battles and wars outside Turkey and make them believe that he will rebuild the glories of the Ottoman Empire, which put him at odds with many Arab and foreign countries.” Khabat added, “Erdogan threatens our regions periodically as well as other countries, while his country suffers a stifling economic crisis in light of the outbreak of COVID-19 and the exposure of the Turkish city of Izmir to a devastating earthquake that killed and injured many civilians, in addition to the dozens of buildings that collapsed. All this will push the Turkish people, who are already hungry, to take to the streets and demand Erdogan’s ousting.”

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