Turkish Defense Minister Hulusi Akar has said Syrian government forces need to halt attacks in northwestern Syria, Anadolu Agency reported on Friday.

The Syrian Army, backed by the Russian Air Force, launched ground operations this week at the southern flank of the militant-held demilitarized zone, which consists of Hama and parts of adjacent provinces.

Akar said the Syrian forces should return to territories agreed in an international deal in Kazakhstan to reduce hostilities and casualties.

“Humanitarian problems grow each day and it is increasingly showing a tendency to turn into a catastrophe,” he said.

Akar also said the attacks pose a threat to the security of Turkey’s observation posts in the northwest, where Turkey carries out patrols.

We expect Russia to take effective and determined measures to make regime forces stop their attacks on the south of Idlib and immediately return to the borders set by the Astana agreement,” Akar said, referring to the Kazakh capital.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said on Thursday that his nation’s armed forces were preparing to launch an operation to eliminate the “terrorist groups” in northern Syria.

The “terrorist groups” referred to by Erdogan are the Kurdish-led People’s Protection Units (YPG) and Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF). Turkey claims they are both offshoots of the outlawed Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK), who was involved in a long war against the Turkish Army in the 80s and 90s.

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Sweet Robert
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Another lame stall tactic. Go ahead attack YPD,PKK from turk side of border!

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Weldon Cheek

That doesnt even make sense! I ho nestly think the tutks just make it up as they go along! As if the syrians are going to pack up and leave their own areas in their own country whilst the jihadis scratch their heads and take it all back! What a bunch of loons!

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Stern Daler

The Turk Sultan’s minions talk with a forked tongue. The envisaged Turk attack on the anti Jihadi Kurds will create the same civilian crisis as the SAA attack on the Turkish Muslim Brotherhood Sultanate’s backed Muslim Jihadi terrorists.

The Muslim Jihadi chastised now by the SAA constantly broke the Astana truce accord. They had been warned of the possible consequences of the attacks on the SAA.

The SDF never attacked Turkey but Turkey constantly threatens and attacks the SDF. Turkey has been warned of the possible consequences of their attacks on the SDF.

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It could go much further : Turkey dumped from NATO… Erdogan is playing stupid with Cyprus EEZ, But the exploitation of the EEZ is a joint venture between Cyprus, Greece, Egypt and Israel… moreover, both Cyprus and Greece are in the EU and the EU has nonetheless art 47(2) in its constitution which is similar to NATO’s charter Ch.5 but can, just like the UNSC, summon NATO for action… From there, Turkey could get a terrible blowback, specially if Putin considers Russia’s best interest is to share the cake with the EU : 1st, Turkey’s own Ghazis pushed back into… Read more »

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@Daeshbags-Sux, not only are EU Cyprus and Greece into it plus Egypt and Israel with their strong armies. The actual exploration is AFAIK done by companies from the big Mediterranean EU member states that have strong fleets.

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Weldon Cheek

I suppose the saa could say they cant withdraw cos they ran out of petrol?

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LOL, excellent!

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Message from Turkey : stop attacking our [proxy] forces so we can use them to steal another part of your country 🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣 It’s just like if Adolf had asked Vatutin and Jukov to stop fighting the Wermacht in Stalingrad so he could attack Caucasus and seize Soviet oil! Assad can have Rojava without firing a single bullet by, technically, just letting the kurds having their own police and their own regional parliament, like MANY federal countries proceed. In other terms, even if there are opposition from some idiotic hardliners in Damascus, Rojava is absolutely Syria, not a Muslim Brotherhood caliphate.… Read more »

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Nestor Arapa

El acuerdo de Kazajstán quedó disuelto por constante violación por parte de los mercenarios, con este acuerdo Erdogan y sus terroristas ganaron tiempo para fortalecerse.
Por tanto, la ofensiva por parte del gobierno Sirio está justificada, tiene todo el derecho de defender a su pueblo.
Para Erdogan los únicos terroristas son los Kurdos, pero apoya abiertamente a Al-qaeda y otros grupos terroristas.