TUR­KEY IN AIRSTRIKE ON KURDS

Trump warns: It’s a bad idea

Daily Star - - NEWS - ■ by NADEEM BADSHAH [email protected]

TUR­KEY has dropped a wave of bombs on Kur­dish towns in Syria, spark­ing fears of a fresh ter­ror­ist up­ris­ing.

Ground forces too had crossed into north­ern Syria af­ter the White House said it was pulling US forces out of the war-torn re­gion.

But US Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump last night warned Tur­key against the at­tacks, call­ing the op­er­a­tion a “bad idea”.

And a Down­ing Street spokesman last night said: “The Prime Min­is­ter spoke to Pres­i­dent Trump this evening. The lead­ers ex­pressed their se­ri­ous con­cern at Tur­key’s in­va­sion.”

Turk­ish air strikes hit the towns of Ras al-Ayn and Tal Abyad while reports claimed mor­tar shells were fired into Tur­key from Syria.

Tur­key’s Pres­i­dent Re­cep Tayyip Er­do­gan, in­set, said: “Our mis­sion is to pre­vent the cre­ation of a ter­ror cor­ri­dor across our south­ern bor­der and to bring peace.”

Bri­tain, France and Ger­many called for an ur­gent meet­ing of the UN Se­cu­rity Coun­cil to­day.

NATO’s sec­re­tary gen­eral Jens Stoltenber­g urged Tur­key not to “fur­ther desta­bilise the re­gion”.

He added the Turks “had le­git­i­mate se­cu­rity con­cerns” but it should act with “re­straint” and any ac­tion should be “pro­por­tion­ate”.

Mustafa Bali, of the USbacked, Kur­dish-led Syr­ian Demo­cratic Forces, said Turk­ish war­planes were tar­get­ing “civil­ian ar­eas” caus­ing “a huge panic”.

For­eign Sec­re­tary Do­minic Raab said: “This risks desta­bil­is­ing the re­gion, ex­ac­er­bat­ing hu­man­i­tar­ian suf­fer­ing, and un­der­min­ing the progress made against [Is­lamic State] which should be our col­lec­tive fo­cus.”

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