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Kurdish commander believes Turkish invasion of Syria will lead to war

UNITED STATES, WASHINGTON (OBSERVATORY) — Kurdish formations will begin military operations against Turkish troops in case of their invasion of the north-eastern regions of Syria. About this, as reported by Al Mayadeen TV channel , said on Saturday, the representative of the armed coalition “Forces of Democratic Syria” (SDF) Mustafa Bali.

“We will start a widespread war against the Turkish army if it enters Kurdish-controlled areas,” he said. According to Bali, the SDF units “are ready at any moment to repel Turkish aggression.”

The words of the Kurdish representative were a reaction to a speech on Saturday by Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan, in which he warned of an upcoming operation in northeast Syria.

The Turkish leader did not rule out that this operation could begin in the coming days.

On October 1, Ankara has already announced that it intends to act independently on the issue of creating a security zone east of the Euphrates River in Syria, since it failed to achieve the desired result in negotiations with the American side.

In August, Asharq Al-Awsat reported that the United States and Turkey had agreed to establish a security zone on the Syrian-Turkish border between Ras al Ain and Tell Abyad. It was assumed that this border territory would be jointly patrolled by American and Turkish military personnel.

According to the Turkish side, hundreds of thousands of Syrian refugees will be able to return to the buffer zone from Turkey.

By agreement with the United States, Kurdish formations began to leave these areas at the end of August. At the same time, the SDS leadership strongly opposed the resettlement of refugees from Turkish territory there. VDS commander Mazlum Kobani said on Friday to Asharq Al-Awsat that Ankara wants to change the demographic composition of the population in northeast Syria. He regarded these plans as “ethnic cleansing.”

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