Turkey pressed ahead with its offensive against the Syrian Kurdish YPG militia in northern Syria on Tuesday despite United States sanctions and calls for it to stop, while Syria’s Russia-backed army moved on the key city of Manbij that was abandoned by US forces.
Turkey sees the YPG as a terrorist off-shoot of Kurdish rebels in its own territory, but Western powers used the Kurdish forces as the main ground force against the Islamic State group.
A missile fired by Turkish forces towards the Syrian town of Ras al-Ain. PHOTO: AFP
Turkish side of the border at Ceylanpinar district in Sanliurfa shows smoke rising from the Syrian town of Ras al-Ain. PHOTO: AFP
Turkish army tank driving on a field at the border town Ceylanpinar in Sanliurfa near the Syrian town of Ras al-Ain. PHOTO: AFP
Syrian government forces arrive in the town of Tal Tamr. PHOTO: AFP
Syrian government forces. PHOTO: AFP
Syrian army troops posing with a national flag. PHOTO: AFP
Syrian government soldiers hold up portraits of President Bashar al-Assad. PHOTO: AFP
Syrian man holding a national flag. PHOTO: AFP
Demonstrators carry the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK)’s flag, the Greek flag (C) and the Kurdish flag (R) as they march in the Cypriot capital Nicosia. PHOTO: AFP
Demonstrators carry placards as they march in the Cypriot capital Nicosia to protest against the Turkish offensive. PHOTO: AFP