Operation Peace Spring

Russians Help Turkey Push Kurds out of Northern Syria

The Kremlin issued a warning to Kurdish forces on Wednesday that they must withdraw from the Turkish border region immediately, or else “Syrian border guards and Russian military police officers will have to pull back,” leaving the Kurds to be “run over by the Turkish military machine.”

Russian President Vladimir Putin meets with his Turkish counterpart Recep Tayyip Erdogan in Sochi on October 22, 2019. (Photo by Sergei CHIRIKOV / POOL / AFP) (Photo by SERGEI CHIRIKOV/POOL/AFP via Getty Images)

Turkey: Ceasefire with Kurds ‘Not a Ceasefire’

Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu told reporters on Thursday that the ceasefire brokered by the United States between Ankara and Syrian Kurdistan was “not a ceasefire” and that Turkey will only withdraw from Syria when the Kurds evacuate the region.

A Turkish army tank moves towards the Syrian border on October 18, 2019 in Ceylanpinar, Turkey. Turkish forces appeared to continue shelling targets in Northern Syria despite yesterday's announcement, by U.S. Vice President Mike Pence, that Turkey had agreed to a ceasefire in its assault on Kurdish-held towns near its …