Turkey captures its First Northeast Syrian Town Ras al-Ain in its Offensive against Kurdish Forces
October 12 , 2019
Heavy fighting continues in northeast Syria as Turkey goes ahead with its air and artillery strike against the Kurdish People's Protection Units (YPG), the closest US-ally against ISIS. Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said that the main aim of this offensive is to remove the Kurdish-led forces from the Syrian border and consequently create a safe zone for millions of Syrian refugees to return. The Turkish military today claimed they have captured Ras al-Ain, a northern Syrian border town. However, Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) disputed this claim. SDF commander Mervan Qamishlo said that they have only made a “tactical retreat” from one of the Ras Al Ain’s neighborhood. An internal US government readout reportedly says Gen. Mazloum Kobani Abdi of SDF told William Roebuck (the Deputy Special Envoy to the Global Coalition to Defeat ISIS) that they are leaving their partner “to be slaughtered” by the Turkish forces. Reports say that the US President Donald Trump agreed to move the American troops out of northeast Syria after having a phone call with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on October 6, 2019. The Arab League has urged the UNSC to take adequate steps to halt the Turkish military offensive.