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Turkish Army ready for Syria operation: Defence Ministry

“Turkish Armed Forces will never tolerate the creation of a terror corridor at our borders. All preparations for the operation have been completed.”

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Ankara, Oct 8 : The Turkish Army has completed all preparations for a military operation in the east of Euphrates River in Syria to establish a safe zone, the country’s Defence Ministry said on Tuesday.

“The establishment of a Safe Zone/Peace Corridor is indispensable for Syrians to have a safe life by contributing to the stability and peace of our region,” the Ministry said on Twitter.

“Turkish Armed Forces will never tolerate the creation of a terror corridor at our borders. All preparations for the operation have been completed.”

Turkey has already made its decision for clearing northern Syria of “terrorists”, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said on Monday, vowing to launch a military campaign into the east of Euphrates at any moment, Xinhua news agency reported.

He announced that US troops have started withdrawing from northern Syria after he held a phone conversation with his US counterpart Donald Trump late Sunday.

“Turkey will soon be moving forward with its long-planned operation into northern Syria,” White House Press Secretary Stephanie Grisham said in a statement, noting that Washington would not intervene in a Turkish offensive.

The People’s Protection Units (YPG), which controls the east of the Euphrates, was a key partner of the US in the fight against the Islamic State, but Ankara considers it as a “terrorist” offshoot of the outlawed Kurdish Workers’ Party (PKK) in Syria.

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Three deadly blasts hit main Kurdish town in Syria

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Three simultaneous bombings rocked a market in the Kurdish-majority city of Qamishli in Syria Monday, killing at least six civilians, a Kurdish security source and a Britain-based monitor said.

An AFP correspondent sees charred cars and smoke rise from the site of the blasts, which the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights war monitor says were caused by two car bombings and an explosives-rigged motorcycle.

More investigations are still ongoing.

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Iraqi forces shoot dead 13 protesters in renewed crackdown

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After 8 people were killed on Monday, Iraqi security forces shot dead at least 5 others overnight or early on Tuesday, including one killed with live fire toward a funeral procession held for another who died hours earlier, security and medical sources told media.

Around 300 Iraqis have been killed in demonstrations since the start of October against a Iraqi government they see as corrupt and beholden to foreign interests, above all Iran.

Most of those deaths occurred during the first week of the demonstrations, when snipers shot into crowds from Baghdad rooftops. But after the government appeared to have curbed the use of some deadly tactics, the protests swelled rapidly over the past 12 days.

The new violence flared a day after Prime Minister Adel Abdul Mahdi appealed to protesters to suspend their movement, which he said had achieved its goals and was hurting the economy.

In a televised address on Tuesday, Abdul Mahdi said the protests were having an economic impact the country could not afford, and asked demonstrators to refrain from further damaging public and private property.

“There are many ways to express opinions without disrupting public life,” he said.

Abdul Mahdi has said he is willing to resign if politicians agree on a replacement and has vowed a number of reforms. But protesters say that is not enough and the entire political class needs to go.

“After the first wave of protests, we gave the government until Oct. 25 to enact reforms,” a 30-year-old protester, who declined to give his name out of safety concerns, said in Baghdad. “It has failed to do so, (and) all of its proposed reforms were just routine, the same old stuff.”

He said the use of deadly force against protesters had radicalized protesters who initially only wanted “constitutional and legal reforms”. Now they wanted wholesale change.

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US withdraws forces from Sabta base in Syria’s Aleppo

The source said it was a large US convoy, adding that the forces will leave to neighbouring Iraq.

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Damascus, Nov 4 : The US forces pulled out on Sunday from a base in Aleppo province in northern Syria, sources said.

The US forces left the base of Sabta near the village of Surrin, south of the city of Ayn al-Arab in the northeastern countryside of Aleppo after removing all equipment, Xinhua quoted activists as saying on Monday.

They said tens of trucks left the US-run base after fully evacuating it, adding that nothing has been left but empty buildings.

Meanwhile, a well-informed source confirmed to Xinhua the evacuation of the base, providing video footage showing the US trucks passing through a Syrian-controlled site where Syrian soldiers held a Syrian flag and waved it in the face of the departing trucks.

The source said it was a large US convoy, adding that the forces will leave to neighbouring Iraq.

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights war monitor said the US is planning to create three military bases in northeastern Syria, mainly in the city of al-Qamishli, which is controlled by the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces.

It’s worth noting that the US has withdrawn a considerable number of forces from northern Syria to Iraq, mainly pulling out from areas that have been returned to the Syrian army after deals between the Kurdish forces and the Syrian army.

The recent development and redeployment of forces come in light of the current Turkish offensive against the Kurdish groups that has been dragging on in northeastern Syria since October 9.

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