Syrian Kurds say they back Turkey’s Operation Peace Spring against PKK/YPG

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ISTANBUL
Published 10.10.2019 11:55
A man waves a Turkish flag as Turkey-backed Syrian opposition fighters enter Tel Abyad from the Turkish gate towards Syria in Akçakale in Şanlıufa province on October 10, 2019. (AFP Photo)
A man waves a Turkish flag as Turkey-backed Syrian opposition fighters enter Tel Abyad from the Turkish gate towards Syria in Akçakale in Şanlıufa province on October 10, 2019. (AFP Photo)

Syrian Kurds support Turkey's ongoing Operation Peace Spring to destroy the terror corridor at the southern border, Syria's Independent Kurdish Association (SBKR) said Wednesday.

"The PKK terror organization and its extensions in Syria dragged not only Kurds but all sections in the region into a disaster," their statement said.

"To reach a safe-zone, which was a national demand of the Syrian revolution, and to get rid of the terrorist organizations in the region, we declare our support to Operation Peace Spring," it added.

The group also called on people in the region to stay away from military zones and not to leave their homes.

"Do not follow the provocative discourse spread by the PKK / the People's Protection Units (YPG)," the group warned.

Syria's Independent Kurdish Association (SBKR) is known for its opposition to the YPG/PYD terrorist group.

Abdulaziz Temmo, head of the group, told Anadolu Agency in an interview last year that the the YPG/PKK "does not serve or represent the nation's Kurds".

Turkey launched Operation Peace Spring, the third in a series of cross-border anti-terror operations in northern Syria targeting terrorists affiliated with Daesh and the PKK's Syrian offshoot the People's Protection Units (YPG), on October 9 at 4 p.m.

The operation, conducted in line with the country's right to self-defense borne out of international law and U.N. Security Council resolutions, aims to establish a terror-free safe zone for Syrians return in the area east of the Euphrates River controlled by the U.S.-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), which is dominated by YPG terrorists.

The PKK — listed as a terrorist organization by Turkey, the U.S. and the European Union — has waged a terror campaign against Turkey for more than 30 years, resulting in the deaths of nearly 40,000 people, including women, children and infants.Turkey has long decried the threat from terrorists east of the Euphrates in northern Syria, pledging military action to prevent the formation of a "terrorist corridor" there.

Since 2016, Turkey's Euphrates Shield and Olive Branch operations in northwestern Syria have liberated the region from YPG/PKK and Daesh terrorists, making it possible for nearly 400,000 Syrians who fled the violence to return home.

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