Turkey has attacked the Syrian Democratic Forces

Turkey has now committed its most serious attack against the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) so far. In the night of 19 to 20 October in the areas north of Aleppo, Turkish backed islamist forces and Turkish airforce shelled and bombed the SDF which led to many casualties in SDF ranks.

The SDF is the most effective force against IS in Syria and has defeated IS in a large part of Syria bringing stability, freedom and religiously & ethnically inclusive governance in the region. The USA and France are cooperating with the SDF in this effort. The SDF is a multi-ethnic force, Syriac Christians are part of it through the Syriac Military Council. At 12 March 2015 the European Parliament called on the EU Member States to support the Syriac Military Council and the YPG.

IS poses a terrorist threat to the EU. The Turkish attack on the SDF damages the military operation to remove IS. Therefore, this Turkish attack is undermining the security of the EU.

We call upon NATO, US and France to make any effort possible to stop these Turkish actions as they damage EU security. We call upon the EU to make it clear to Turkey that intentionally and seriously sabotaging the efforts against terrorism is in no way acceptable and will have serious consequences. Furthermore, we call upon the EU Member States to support the SDF as soon as possible in order to make sure that IS will be defeated.

(Text taken from ecpm.info)


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