Turkey Failed to Coordinate Syrian Operation With Russia, Iran Political and military events
Turkey Failed to Coordinate Syrian Operation With Russia, Iran
Shaaban stressed that a common agreement on a Turkish operation was not possible between the three sides to begin with. On August 24, Turkish forces, backed by US-led coalition aircraft, began a military operation dubbed Euphrates Shield to clear the Syrian border town of Jarabulus and the surrounding area of the Islamic State (IS) terrorist group, outlawed in Russia and many other countries. Turkey also targeted Kurdish forces present in the area, ordering them to move east of the Euphrates river. Kurds condemned the operation and said it was directed mainly against them, while Syria called the operation a violation of its sovereignty.
Russia has been conducting an anti-terrorist aerial campaign since September last year at the request of the Syrian government.