BEIRUT, LEBANON (9:45 A.M.) – On Tuesday morning, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan announced that a 32-kilometer deep safe zone was going to be established in northern Syria.

According to Anadolu Agency’s map measurement, the safe zone will have a 460-kilometer (286-mile) long presence along the Turkish-Syrian border.

The safe zone will include the settlements in northern Raqqa and Hasakah; it will pass through Sarrin from west to east, northern Ayn Issa, northern Suluk, Ras al-Ayn and Tal Tamer along with Darbasiyah, Amude, Qamishli, Tal Hamis, Qahtaniyah, Yarubiyah and al-Malikiyah.

All areas, including towns and villages of Shuyukh Tahtani, Ayn al-Arab (Kobani) Tal Abyad, Darbasiyah, Amude, Qahtaniyyah, Jawadiyah and al-Malikiyah districts will be included in the safe zone.

The line starts in western Syria, near the Sajur River in eastern Manbij. Manbij town center will remain out of the safe zone.

Among the areas declared under the safe zone were the Syrian Arab Army-held areas inside the Al-Qamishli District of the Al-Hasakah Governorate.

This will likely cause an uproar in Damascus as this has not been agreed up by the Syrian government or military.

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Dutchnational
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Dutchnational
2019-01-16 10:23

Turkey can declare what it wants, it has no value, legal or otherwise.

Maybe Syria should declare a safe zone 30 miles within turkey.

Or the PKK a safe zone over all of Kurdistan.

Or Greece over all of Istanbul.

Daeshbags-Sux
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2019-01-16 11:11
Reply to  Dutchnational

Not Istanbul! This is Constantinople, or Byzantium if you prefer 😉
Thrace, as northern Cyprus or Afrin, are illegally occupied by Turkey.

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2019-01-16 21:31
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Yes, Byzantium never agreed to be destroyed by turks, or ottomans if you prefer.

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2019-01-16 13:11
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@Karel, the Sultan may end up with safe zones all over his dominions. He provoked almost every neighbor.

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miltiades
2019-01-16 14:52
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let’s hope so, freind!

Daeshbags-Sux
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2019-01-16 11:12

Erdogan and his clique should better stop snorting white powder.

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Stern Daler
2019-01-16 13:15

The Sultan declares war on the Kurdish cantons and the central government of Syria. No more no less.

I wonder who agreed upon his new plan of conquest?
France, Russia, the US or the whole UNSC?

p.s. IMHO He will need such agreements for annexing about 1500 km^2 of Syria.

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2019-01-16 21:32
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In fact 15.000 kms2

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2019-01-17 00:13
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LOL. I forgot a zero.

henrique
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2019-01-16 15:20

The Syrian army must join SDF and oppose this plan of Turkey, Turkey wants to put those FSA fanatics to subjugate the Kurdish people and Christians in northern Syria.

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2019-01-16 16:40
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SDF is just kurds-USA puppets which can not be trusted at all. All nort-east Euphrates river occupied by Kurds is Syria land. So, either Kurds become Syria citizen or will face destruction before Syria army. Turkey must go back home of Idlib and Afrin or face also destruction before Syria army. It is very likely that Russia will do nothing against Turkey because their economical-commercial ties, and Russia looks very badly respect to this.

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2019-01-16 20:47
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Dont you mean the sdf should get itself free from its obvious slavery to the political games of its u.s. puppet masters and pledge allegiance to syria?, After all they are stating that they are syrian kurds,from syria,no matter who the leader is, this is a war ON syria, it is a war on ALL syrians instigated by israel,the u.s. and the gulf states, turkey has grabbed the reins and placed itself in a position of power now even afterr it was openly working with daesh and the other international terrorist groups with not a word against it by the… Read more »