News Worms
News Worms

Erdogan announces "serious" operation in northern Syria

"We are now in the process of taking further steps towards securing Idlib after expanding the Euphrates Shield Operation".

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said on Saturday "a serious operation" was beginning in Syria's Idlib and a Syrian rebel official said his group was preparing to enter the area with the backing of Turkish forces.

Earlier Saturday, Erdogan said the Free Syrian Army (FSA) is now engaged in operations to secure Idlib while Turkish soldiers are "not there yet".

The Turkish army is backing the FSA from within Turkey's borders, while Russian forces are providing air support to the operation, he said.

Turkish President said that the operation in Idlib is the follow-up of the Euphrates Shield Operation in northern Syria, which was launched on August 24, 2016, in a bid to clear Turkey's border from the Islamic State (IS) and other terrorists.

Many Syrians had fled to Idlib from the neighbouring Aleppo province, which was rocked by heavy fighting previous year, and Turkey meant to support them, Erdoğan said.

The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR) monitor said Turkish army cranes had begun removing sections of the security wall Turkey has built on the border in preparation for an incursion.

"We have to wait and see what the military planners of Russia, Iran and Turkey come up with, particularly when it comes to maintaining troops on the ground", he said.

It said in the statement that Idlib would "not be a picnic" for them and added "the lions of jihad and martyrdom are waiting to pounce".

The president later told reporters the operation was led by Free Syrian Army (FSA) rebels and that the Turkish army was not yet operating there.

Erdoğan was also asked about whether the method to be used in the Idlib operation will be similar to the Euphrates Shield Operation.

In July Tahrir al-Sham seized land around the Bab al-Hawa border crossing between Syria and Turkey, bringing much of the frontier area inside Syrian under its control.

It has been a formidable military force since early in the war, when it transitioned from bomb attacks in cities to guerrilla conflict with the Syrian army, fighting alongside many other factions. Russian Federation is providing air support.

The Russian defence ministry said Saturday some 120 Islamic State group fighters and 60 foreign mercenaries were killed in a series of Russian air strikes in Syria over the past 24 hours. Turkey, however, has backed rebels seeking Assad's ouster.


editors' picks

October 07, 2017
Trump administration relaxes requirement that employers provide birth control in workers' insurance
Roman Catholic oppose most methods of birth control and some other religious groups object to certain forms of birth control. Insurance companies that cover abortion care are required to collect and keep separate funds for the provision of that care.

October 07, 2017
Uncle Errol giving Republic of Ireland's Cyrus Christie a sense of belief
Highlight of the night, at least from a Republic of Ireland perspective, was Sean Maguire making his debut for the first team. Murphy, like a possessed man, chased down balls he had no right to win and repeatedly opened up Moldova's defence.

October 07, 2017
NKorean workers prep seafood going to USA stores, restaurants
Per the AP's report , some brands of salmon found in Walmart and ALDI stores was linked to North Korean workers based in China . One importer, The Fishin' Munhall, Pa., said it cut ties with Hunchun processors and got its last shipment this summer.

October 07, 2017
Moscow Welcomes Saudi King, Describes Visit As 'Most Important Event'
A number of deals have been signed during this week's trip by King Salman to Russian Federation , the first by a Saudi monarch. During a meeting in Russia , Maduro said that he had arrived in Moscow at a great moment for political ties with Russia .

October 07, 2017
Brazil's Olympic Committee Head Is Detained in Bribe Inquiry
As well as suspending the COB, the IOC has also provisionally ended its relationship with Rio 2016's organising committee. Rio won the games in 2009 with 66 votes in the third round of voting among the International Olympic Committee members.

October 07, 2017
Russian Hackers Stole Material On NSA's Offensive, Defensive Tactics
Hackers working on behalf of the Russian government stole secret details of the NSA's offensive and defensive cyber capabilities. If some NSA contractor delivered all that up to Kaspersky , it would explain the breadth of Kaspersky's knowledge.

October 07, 2017
Children And Teacher Burned Alive In Nursery School In Brazil
More Americans have died from gunshots in the past 50 years than have been killed in every USA war, NBC News reported. The incident occurred in a modest quarter of Janauba, a city of 70,000 about 600km north of Belo Horizonte city.

October 06, 2017
Tillerson denies considered resigning from Trump admin
The article reported that Tillerson had to be persuaded by Vice President Mike Pence over the summer to stay in the job. They also reported Tillerson was on the verge of resigning due to policy disputes and clashes with the White House.

October 06, 2017
NHC warns Tropical Storm Ramon forming off Mexico's Pacific coast
Thursday update: Tropical Storm Nate's updated track shows the storm staying west of our local area. Harrisburg dodged two hurricanes , but it won't elude Tropical Storm Nate , forecasts say.

October 06, 2017
Japanese Journalist Dead From Overwork After Working 159 Hours in Osaka, Japan
The government proposes to establish a limit of 100 hours of overwork per month, but critics claim that amount is still harmful. There are many medical causes due to which a " karoshi death" happens like heart attacks, strokes, and starvation.