TURKEY IN AIRSTRIKE ON KURDS
Trump warns: It’s a bad idea
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.”