Hossam Zaki, deputy secretary general of the pan-Arab organization, says Wednesday the meeting will take place in Cairo on Saturday.
Turkey’s offensive — named Operation Peace Spring —came after U.S. President Donald Trump agreed to withdraw American troops from the area, paving the way for an assault on forces that have long been allied with the United States.
The Rojava Information Center, an activist collective in northeast Syria, counted seven killed.
The five European nations on the council — France, United Kingdom, Germany, Belgium and Poland — requested the meeting on Wednesday, the diplomats said. They spoke on condition of anonymity because discussions were private.
In a statement Wednesday, Trump said no American soldiers are in the area being invaded. Earlier, Trump ordered U.S. forces out of the area, prompting criticism that he was abandoning an American ally.
The militia, known as the Syrian Democratic Forces, has been moving into position to contest the Turkish onslaught, which so far includes airstrikes and artillery barrages.
Egypt has condemned Turkey’s military operation into northern Syria, calling it an “aggression” against Syria’s sovereignty.
The Britain-based Syrian observatory for Human Rights said one fighter of the U.S.-backed Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces was killed and six others were wounded.
The SDF said in a statement that the Turkish airstrikes reached as deep as 50 kilometers (31 miles) from the border. It said 16 SDF positions were targeted.
Germany’s foreign minister is condemning Turkey’s offensive in northern Syria and called on Ankara to end the military action, saying it threatened “a further humanitarian catastrophe and further displacement of persons.”
Maas said that Syria needed stability after eight years of war and that the first step should be to summon a constitutional committee in the near future: “We call on Turkey to end its offensive and to pursue its security interests in a peaceful manner. ”
The secretary-general of NATO is urging Turkey not to “further destabilize the region” through its military action in northern Syria.
He said Turkey should act with “restraint” and any action should be “proportionate.”
They were fired from the Syrian Kurdish town of Ras al-Ayn, Anadolu reported, shortly after Turkey launched a military operation aiming to drive Syrian Kurdish forces away from Turkey’s border.
Earlier, Turkish television reports said Turkish jets were carrying out airstrikes on Syrian Kurdish positions in the town of Tal Abyad and showed smoke billowing from the targeted areas.
While acknowledging that Turkey has security concerns on its border with Syria, Juncker says that “if the Turkish plan involves the creation of a so-called safe zone, don’t expect the European Union to pay for any of it.”
Bali’s tweet on Wednesday afternoon came shortly after Turkish President Erdogan announced in a tweet that a Turkish military offensive into northeast Syria has started.
Turkey’s President Erdogan announced airstrikes began in Kurdish-controlled areas of northeastern Syria on Wednesday.
Earlier, Turkish television reports said Turkish jets had bombed Syrian Kurdish positions across the border from Turkey.
Trump tweets Wednesday that “GOING INTO THE MIDDLE EAST IS THE WORST DECISION EVER MADE IN THE HISTORY OF OUR COUNTRY!”
Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina told “Fox & Friends” on Wednesday that such a move would be Trump’s “biggest mistake” as president.
The U.S-backed Syrian Kurdish group is calling on Moscow to broker talks with the Syrian government in Damascus, in light of Turkey’s planned military invasion in northeastern Syria.
The official declined to provide details and said no agreement has been reached yet. He spoke on condition of anonymity because he wasn’t authorized to speak to reporters.
Erdogan’s office said the Turkish leader told his Russian counterpart in a phone call on Wednesday that Ankara’s planned military action in the region east of the Euphrates River “will contribute to the peace and stability” and also “pave the way for a political process” in Syria.
It said that Syria is ready to welcome back its “stray sons if they return to their senses,” referring to the pro-U.S. Kurdish fighters
Mevlut Cavusoglu claims the planned foray into the region is in line with international laws concerning Turkey’s right to defend itself. He spoke during a visit to Algeria on Wednesday.
Expectations of a Turkish invasion rose after President Donald Trump on Sunday abruptly announced that American troops would step aside ahead of a Turkish push.
A spokesman for the Syrian Kurdish-led fighters says “all options are open” if Turkey invades northeastern Syria.
Gabriel says that the Syrian Kurdish-led forces control about 30% of Syria. He says there are currently no contacts with the government side.
He added that Turkey’s planned incursion also threatens to inflame further conflicts in eastern and northern Syria, and “could allow for the revival” of the Islamic State group.
Hulusi Akar made the comments on Wednesday, days after President Donald Trump abruptly announced that American troops would step aside to allow for a Turkish push into northeastern Syria.
The exercise comes amid Iran’s opposition to Turkey’s planned invasion of northern Syria against Syrian Kurdish fighters there. The Syrian Kurds were U.S. allies in the war against the Islamic State group.
Iran and Russia are both key allies of Syrian President Bashar Assad’s long-embattled government. Both have troops on the ground in Syria. While they may publicly oppose a Turkish incursion into Syria, they probably don’t mind an operation that diminishes the Kurdish forces.
Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov is accusing the United States of playing “very dangerous games” with the Syrian Kurds, whose fighters were top U.S. allies in the war against the Islamic State group in Syria.
Lavrov didn’t directly address the issue of Turkey’s anticipated invasion into northeastern Syria but said that Moscow is encouraging the Kurds and the Syrian government to settle their difference through talks.
It also called on the international community to live up to its responsibilities as “a humanitarian catastrophe might befall our people” in northeastern Syria.
Fahrettin Altun, the Turkish presidency’s communications director, called on the international community in a Washington Post op-ed on Wednesday “to rally” behind Ankara.
Turkey considers the Syrian Kurdish fighters, allied with American forces in the fight against IS, as terrorists linked to outlawed Kurdish rebels within Turkey.
A U.S.-backed force and two Syrian activist groups say Islamic State militants have carried out an attack in the city of Raqqa in northern Syria.
The Kurdish fighters say IS launched three suicide attacks against its positions in Raqqa. There was no word on casualties.Read more: The Associated Press
Fake news Civilians? The best thing you know is lies! PKK / YPG terrorist organization killed a baby today. (As they did in the past) Can you share! That is real! BabyKillerPKK = YPG = PYD babykillerpkk TrumpBetrayedTheKurds TrumpGenocide Yok ananın amı That's far fewer than when NATO bombed Yugoslavia. Clinton called this 'collateral damage'
Not a single civilian died through Turkish strikes...its all fake news!!! TurkeyJustKilledTerrorists T R U M P G E N O C I D E HIS PRACTICE FOR AMERICAN GENOCIDE. 'Death before slavery'
The Latest: Kurds call for mobilization in northeast SyriaBEIRUT (AP) — The Latest developments following President Donald Trump 's decision to abandon Syria n Kurdish fighters ahead of an expected Turkish offensive into northeastern Syria (all times... Thanks Trump! Hope the President has nice words for the Kurdish forces, as Turkey potentially invades Syria, deaths are expected and they lie at the feet of Trump!
100s of Turkish bots sharing the same page over and over.They say they don’t hate the Kurds but they “can’t let them live freely”! They prefer rapist, Jihadists as neighbors but not Kurds! Here are their loving soldiers writing “Be Turk or Obey Turks, BE AFRAID” on Kurdish homes! Ah brave Turks backed by putin and Iran.
TurkishArmy never kills civilians. CIVILIANS ARE USED AS A SHIELD BY KURDISH TERRORIST ORGANIZATIONS PKK/PYD/YPG. OperationPeaceSpring BarisPinariHarekati TurkeyAgainstSDFnotKurds Disinformation. Turks does not attack sivilians. Disinformation lying news and photos TurkeyJustKilledTerrorist 😞
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Fake news Thank you Turkey ! Hey LindseyGrahamSC - you said something about a red line? You're lying, I'm Turkish. 🇹🇷🇹🇷🇹🇷🇹🇷🇹🇷🇹🇷🇹🇷 katiecouric Guess maybe the President made a mistake. Allow Israel to give the Golden Heights to the Kurdish people, put an umbrella over them to let them build in what was once a part of Syria, israel enemies are the kurds enemies too, show the world that Israel have compassion for the Kurds
Obama Administration would blush at such paltry civilian casualty numbers. On the same day Trump invited Erdrogan to the White House. ImpeachTrump
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Failed lie. Work harder 😉 Fakepost!!!!!! Fuckk youu This should not be happening 👎 TurkeyJustKilledTerrorists We have thousands of Kurdish citizens in our army. We are not fighting kurds, we are fighting terrorists. Dear non-Turkish citizens of the world, please don't believe in the false media, we're just fighting the terrorist who attacked our border.
Terröristt Abd/Ypg/Pkk ! Fake news TurkeyJustKilledTerrorist Turks are murders, just ask the Armenians. Fake news... shame on you fake
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Kurds and Turks brothers. Pkk not honest. We lived in this land for hundreds of years brotherly,we will continue to live. Turkey against PKK. Because PKK is a terror organisation.
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TurkeyAgaisntSDGnotKurds Syrien syria TurkeyIsJustKillingTerrorists barispinariharekati Kurds and Turks brothers. Pkk not honest. We lived in this land for hundreds of years brotherly,we will continue to live. Turkey against PKK. Because PKK is a terror organisation. Fake news Please tell the truth and show the truth OperationPeaceSpring TurkeyJustKilledTerrorist
TurkeyJustKilledTerrorist Wonder how long has this strategy been in place? This happened to quickly for spur of a moment decision. Wonder what Donald and US is getting out of it!!
Kurds and Turks brothers. Pkk not honest. We lived in this land for hundreds of years brotherly,we will continue to live. Turkey against PKK. Because PKK is a terror organisation. Anyone familiar with the area would know that Turkey is doing a favor for the world by killing the baby killers, the beings that have no land, the beings that live in rat holes and terrorize their surroundings aka SDF TurkeyJustKilledTerrorists
BarisPinariHarekati TurkeyJustKilledTerrorists The Turkish soldier is merciful ❤
Lesen! Oku! TurkeyAgaisntSDGnotKurds Kurds and Turks brothers. Pkk not honest. We lived in this land for hundreds of years brotherly,we will continue to live. Turkey against PKK. Because PKK is a terror organisation. No need more fake news! This isn't true. Turkey just killed terrorists. You have to give the right news.
Turkey TurkeyJustKilledTerrorists BarisPınarıHarekatı Yes agreed Turkey only kills terrorists like Armenians and Cypriots, damn those terrorists. TurkeyJustKilledTerrorists
Kurds and Turks brothers. Pkk not honest. We lived in this land for hundreds of years brotherly,we will continue to live. Turkey against PKK. Because PKK is a terror organisation TurkeyJustKilledTerrorists There is no war between Turkish and Kurdish people. Turkish Army Forces will carry out military operations against the PKK/SDF/YPG. This teror organizations do not represent Kurdish people.
Stop pretending as if Turkey is fighting against Kurdish people, NO! This is a war against PKK/YPG etc. who are reckognized terrorist organizations since decades! Turkey will bring peace to that area, so 2m refugees can go back, nobody cares about them but we do! Turks ❤️ Kurds Please read the facts
Kurds and Turks brothers. Pkk not honest. We lived in this land for hundreds of years brotherly,we will continue to live. Turkey against PKK. Because PKK is a terror organisation. We don’t fight against Kurds,we fight against terrorist organization which have been killed many innocent people for decades in Southern of Turkey.We want to create a safety zone for state survivability and defending ourselves is our essential right! TurkeyAgainstSDFnotKurds
Fake news TurkeyAgainstSDFnotKurds Kurds and Turks brothers. Pkk not honest. We lived in this land for hundreds of years brotherly,we will continue to live. Turkey against PKK. Because PKK is a terror organisation.
Turkey is not fighting against a people. It is fighting against terrorists. It is the same with fighting against ISIS You can't understand who civil or terrorist. You must live in Middle East for see our problems in Syria it is a fake news you should change your informant, Turkish soldiers are very watchful and they are especially gaining ground slowly not to kill any civillians
Turkish Army against terrorists! Not Kurds! Kurds and Turks brothers. Pkk not honest. We lived in this land for hundreds of years brotherly,we will continue to live. Turkey against PKK. Because PKK is a terror organisation. Kurds and Turks brothers. Pkk not honest. We lived in this land for hundreds of years brotherly,we will continue to live. Turkey against PKK. Because PKK is a terror organisation.
Kurds and Turks brothers. Pkk not honest. We lived in this land for hundreds of years brotherly,we will continue to live. Turkey against PKK. Because PKK is a terror organisation. fake news Kurds and Turks brothers. Pkk not honest. We lived in this land for hundreds of years brotherly,we will continue to live. Turkey against PKK. Because PKK is a terror organisation.
Kurds and Turks brothers. Pkk not honest. We lived in this land for hundreds of years brotherly,we will continue to live. Turkey against PKK. Because PKK is a terror organisation. the whole world will learn your false news .. Turks do not sleep. Don't let yourselves get brain washed! We're trying to protect our borders without hurting any innocent people but showing respect meanwhile. TurkeyJustKilledTerrorists OperationPeaceSpring🇹🇷 BarışPınarıHarekatı🇹🇷
Die for Israel!
Sad and wrong Truth. TurkeyAgainstSDFnotKurds
🇹🇷🇹🇷🇹🇷🇹🇷🇹🇷🇹🇷🇹🇷🇹🇷🇹🇷🇹🇷🇹🇷🇹🇷🇹🇷🇹🇷🇹🇷🇹🇷🇹🇷🇹🇷🇹🇷🇹🇷🇹🇷🇹🇷 jojorez OWW YOU ARE STARTED TO LİE Holy shit the bot spam on this story TurkeyAgainstSDFnotKurds PKK/PYD is not just a killer but also they are lier. These news are not true. They manipulate to people like this. But you should now that, Turkish army is the most merciful military in the world. We don't hurt anybody except terrorists. TurkeyJustKilledTerrorists
On November 8, 2009, the PKK killed Serap Eser at the age of 17 BarisPinariHarekati TurkeyJustKilledTerrorists TurkeyJustKilledTerrorists TurkeyAgainstSDFnotKurds Must be mistaken. The ones who under attack are terrorists not civilians. Turks and Kurds are living together inside of the borders for a long time and nothing can destroy this
TurkeyAgaisntSDFnotKurds You need to read! !!! “Turkey has no interest in occupying Syria or changing demographics. Turkey fights against PKK and DAESH terrorists. The safe zone will provide an opportunity for refugees to return to their homes. We will continue to help Syrians without discrimination.” Ibrahim Kalin
We will bring peace to the region for the danger and concern posed by pkk and ypg terrorist organizations on our borders. BarisPinariHarekati Turkey 🇹🇷
Turks don't kill civilians. Turkey saved 4 million Syrians from war and spent 30 billion euros. Don't confuse us with Europe. Please read this flood👇 And this matters to me...why 7 dead so far on Trumps head.
We will destroy elements like pkk and ypg for democracy and justice. We Turks are not afraid of the United States nor the European Union, NATO Turkish Army never killed innocent ones in its history. BarisPinariHarekati is being conducted with due diligence and every precautions are being taken finickly. Coversely, glorious Turkish Army is making this holly operation for civilians who were dismissed from their lands.
no civilians were dead, just lie , also americans kill hundreds of civilians in afghanistan by mistake ans israel in palestine 7? We are sure its lie but did you forget Assad regime’s bombing attacks or Us and Russian’s attacks. And also people who died named immigrations..
🇹🇷 Looking out Afrin, Cerablus and El-Bab , people who living in peace and don't want to leave home. Fake news. PeaceSpringOperation Bu vesile ile Atatürk’ü görsünler. Yüzlerce kelime yerine bir foto yeter onlara Türkiyenin ve Türk ordusunun geçmişte neler yaptıgını hatırlatmaya.
Blood on their hands. jenpmpr Are those guys the civillians you are talking about? 😂
Justice for all Syria OperationPeaceSpring Please Read the facts It is lie. Where is the photo of wounded people ? Read and learn “Turkey has no interest in occupying Syria or changing demographics. Turkey fights against PKK and DAESH terrorists. The safe zone will provide an opportunity for refugees to return to their homes. We will continue to help Syrians without discrimination.
We kill only terrorists... 🇹🇷🇹🇷🇹🇷
Sorry, but this is a lie! The fraternity was part of the human rights game. Where were the human rights when they shot us? Not civilians. Türks only against to terrorist gruops (specificly PKK, DAESH). You are wrong.
Turkeyfightagainstterrorism No! Turks only shoot terrorists who took their lives (pkk-ypg) Europe is not very knowledgeable about it ! they know everything wrong Turks never kill civilian and innocent people . everyone does the same but the Turks only killing terrorists . this is the truth 👍😊 🙌 Turkey is making efforts to ensure peace and tranquility.
We Turks are brothers with Kurds. Flesh and nail can not be separated. We fight against terrorists not Kurds. While DAESH was killing Kurds, Turks saved 250.000 Kurdish people. 250 thousand of Syrian migrants are of Kurdish origin. Fake news
do not be afraid. we Turks never harm innocent people. The target is a terrorist organization. you are too late to worry. USA ypg terrorist organization should have worried about arming. we have no problem with our Kurdish brothers, we have problem with your suppor terrorist BarısPınarıHareketi These people clearly didn't suffer enough.
That's just PKK propaganda. Turkey does not target any civilians. PKK even hit a Christian neighborhood where Armenians live on purpose or by mistake while they were attacking Turkey; now, they allege the neighborhood got hit by Turkey. Pure anti-Turkey PKK propaganda. 🍊 That's why no countries trust the US.
lookner They have been fighting for 50 years and will fight for 50 more. USA has no business taking sides and fighting ANOTHER Middle East war fake news Trump literally said not to cross the border Credit realDonaldTrump and for starting this war. Forget collusion, Ukraine and paying off hookers, he should be impeached for incompetence.
CyrusToulabi Innocent blood on trump's tiny hands. Blood of our allies See already civilians caught in the crossfire of war...2019 people and it's all about power and 💰🤝🏼 just PATHETIC the world and middle east can't fucking find peace yet. It's been over 60 years of stupid USA intervention and taking sides in endless war of stupidity! RoKhanna
realDonaldTrump LindseyGrahamSC sntmajldr How about some true 'transparency'!!!!! 45, why did you REALLY pull our troops? Stupidity? Ego? More $$ in your pocket? Blackmail? Mitch and Lindsey, what is your excuse for continuing to support 45? Too bad Trump’s words mean absolutely nothing! Trump is a murderer
sheilaaj Score: Erdogan/Trump 7 ... Kurdish civilians 0 Somewhere over there an innocent child is a victim of all this and will grow to hate us. When the chickens come home to roost, we shouldn’t be surprised. KurdsBetrayedByTrump Trump is earning his Istanbul Trump Towers & his Lords Putin's approval.
.realDonaldTrump KurdsBetrayed KurdsBetrayedByGOP GOPComplicitTraitors Turks are Well experienced with genocide. They had a lot of practice. Like on Armenians. Trump didnt abandon Syria, he was forced to leave. Turks vowed to fight against US troops in Syria 3 days ago. He made this decision to refrain a clash with Turkey.
Trump needs to be held accountable for these and future deaths of innocents!😡 So why are we letting Turkey invade Syria? USA has blood in its hands. Tricked Kurds to help fight against ISIS and instead stabbed them in the back. Left them alone in the battlefield. Is that American exceptionalism?
realDonaldTrump is willing to sacrifice our allies in order to protect his crime family’s business interests in Turkey! ImpeachTrump AnyoneButTrump2020 Well, since the US, is betraying it's allies. i guess I better start writing my Canadian leaders. This is heartbreaking. Impeachment Will Save the World! ImpeachmentWillSavetheWorld
bencnn Fake news always Nice photo. Hey realDonaldTrump Your actions are now killing innocent Syrian civilians. Was that part of a campaign promise too? Or just collateral damage.... wakeup world Let em fight their own battles. Congrats, SenateGOP . TrumpGenocide KurdsBetrayedByTrump TraitorTrump GOPGenocide KurdsBetrayedByGOP LindseyGenocide ComplicitCorruptGOP DoNothingRepublicans
not nice. They watched Kobane in the past be under siege by ISIS and did nothing. WE can expect them to purge that city soon. Turkey was needed tow or three years ago to do any good. Now they will enable Iran and ISIS ensuring more instability and death. A hahahah pkk ypg terrorist propoganda at best! I have seen this movie before! 😂😂😂
Did any of you care when Obama let 10s of thousands christians get slaughtered in Syria ... no ? Well free to enlist .. if not sit down . America is done fighting useless wars You shamelessly lie War. Great. Not This is on you thumper trump. You have no shame! Have you confirmed civilian casualties? YPG counts their militia fighters also as civilians. We are familiar with their lies.
This is so heartbreaking TrumpGenocide GopGenocide
This is on Trump and the Republicans. Stop him. Impeach UnfitForOffice Syria All these replies of outrage, where was the outrage of Bashar killing his own people? Turkey is the only country trying to set up a safe zone for Syrians to not have to live in constant fear. Now Trump is both a traitor and a war criminal.
So the death toll caused by Trump in Syria is now 7. KurdsBetrayedByTrump realDonaldTrump Their deaths are on you. Civil ? What is civil ? civilians with kalashnikovs in their hands ? Look at all the “we hate war” people all of a sudden pissed off because “we aren’t going to war”. Haha. Y’all want Trump to destroy Turkey now? You wanted our troops on the Syrian border? What happened to “the US isn’t the world police?” TrUMpsFaULt
Yalancının Not 'Kurdish'. They're YPG/SDF terrorists. They've killed 7000 'civilians' in Turkey since 1984. Why?
Good we’ve (US) been there long enough. Endless BS. Turks are best suited to fight their borderwar. Good luck. We hope they win and refugees can go back home. Dem bots will want to whine about peaceful exit..go figure Worst trump foreign policy in his term He can’t care less about any of this. realDonaldTrump please wreck their economy now
The blood of 'brothers in arms' who sacrificed so much. AP your are just liar Is this DontheCon’s plan to distract from impeachment news? Is he now going to retaliate? Wagging the dog, I see🤔 Pirate invasion by Erdogan Passa I doubt they are accurately reporting deaths. realDonaldTrump effectively murdered those people.
Sure takes trump’s crimes off the news Way to go realDonaldTrump...pulled out and now our Allies are being killed...success KurdsBetrayedByTrump Trump's place in he just got 7 degrees hotter. How are they going to explain genocide this time? fucked up if true Damn innocent people being killed all due from a Moron’s decision.
Fake news ? Why would any organized army target civillians on purpose Can’t believe the Republican Party let rrealDonald give up the Kurds so cowardly.... so much for America being “Leader of the Free World”
didn't the white house statement they promised not to kill civilians? The PKK is a terrorist organization and violates the fundamental human right, the right to life. Kurdish officials DO NOT SAY TRUE! They are LİARS!!! 🇹🇷