October 25, 2019

Turkish Military Offensive in Syria

Recent events in Northern Syria are certainly disturbing. On October 6th, President Donald Trump ordered the withdrawal of the 1000 US troops that remained in Syria. On October 9th, Turkey’s President Recap Tayip Erdogan ordered Operation Peaceful Spring to commence as the bombing of Northern Syria began. Since 2011, Syrian Democratic Forces, a Kurdish-led militia that worked with the United States to fight the Islamic State, was the region’s overarching political force.

For many years, northeast Syria had been a place of refuge for people fleeing other battle-stricken parts of Syria. 650,000 living in the region have already been displaced at least one time in their lives. Since the fighting 300,000 people have been displaced, and more and more people are being displaced every day. Camps that had been established for displaced persons have been evacuated due to the violence. Medical facilities and the entire civilian infrastructure – powerlines, wat...

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