Erdogan vows to ‘crush heads’ of Kurdish forces if no pullout Oct 20, 2019 0 223 12345 DPAIstanbul/BeirutTurkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has on Saturday threatened to “crush the heads” of Kurdish militia fighters unless they withdraw from north-eastern Syria before a temporary ceasefire brokered by the United States expires.“If this (deal) can hold, it will. If not we will resume (the offensive) by the minute the 120 hours come to an end,” Erdogan told supporters in the central Anatolian city of Kayseri.“Otherwise, we will continue to crush the heads of the terrorists,” Erdogan added, making a military-style salute to the cheering crowd.This was Erdogan’s second warning that he intended to push ahead with the operation in less than two days. The five-day ceasefire is designed to allow Kurdish fighters to withdraw from a “safe zone” sought by Ankara.Both sides have on Saturday accused each other of violating the ceasefire.Turkey insists Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) leave a 444-kilometre-long and 32 kilometres deep safe zone along its frontier with Syria. Ankara considers the SDF as “terrorists” linked to insurgents at home.Over the past week Russian and Syrian regime forces have entered some of the towns within Turkey’s stipulated safe zone.Erdogan is going to Russia on October 22 to discuss the situation with President Vladimir Putin. Turkey will “implement its own plans” if talks with Putin fail to reach a solution regarding regime forces, Erdogan added.The SDF said that the Turkish side had not allowed the agreed opening of a safe corridor to evacuate civilians and wounded who are besieged in Ras al-Ain.The SDF said that US Vice President Mike Pence and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, who forged the deal with Turkey, should be responsible for making sure Ankara implements the ceasefire and opens the corridor.The Kurdish Red Crescent reported that 20 civilians have been killed and 20 others injured in Ras al-Ain since the ceasefire deal was announced.Turkey launched its offensive on October 9, drawing international criticism. RELATED ARTICLES Protests continue to grip Lebanon for third day Oct 20, 2019 0 1222 IRAQI PILGRIMS PROTEST CORRUPTION DURING ARBAEEN MARCH Oct 20, 2019 0 273 Ten thousand people march in Kurdish protest in Germany Oct 20, 2019 0 190 6 killed, 4 missing in Mali attack on pro-govt forces Bamako: Six people were killed late on Friday when unknown assailants attacked a post held by armed pro-government groups in strife-torn northeastern Mali, the groups said in a statement. Four more people were missing .. Mozambique’s oppn calls for vote to be annulled Maputo: Mozambique’s main opposition party Renamo on Saturday called for this week’s election to be annulled, accusing the government of breaching a peace deal by using violence and intimidation on voting day. Partial .. S Sudan rebel leader in Juba for talks as peace deal falters AFP Juba South Sudan’s exiled rebel leader Riek Machar arrived in Juba on Saturday in a bid to salvage a peace deal with less than a month to go until he is to form a government with President Salva Kiir. The foes, whose falling .. Turkey, Syrian Kurds trade blame over breaching US-brokered ceasefire DPA Beirut/Istanbul Turkish forces and Syrian Kurdish forces fighting in north-eastern Syria have accused each other of violating a temporary ceasefire deal brokered by the US. “Terrorists” have carried out 14 .. German defence minister harshly criticises Turkey, US over incursion Munich: German Defence Minister Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer has sharply criticised Turkey and the United States following the Turkish incursion into the Kurdish region of northern Syria. Two developments are .. Senator McConnell slams Trump’s Syria withdrawal as scattered fighting flares Tal Tamr, Syria: US Senate majority leader Mitch McConnell has attacked President Donald Trump’s decision to pull troops from Syria as “a strategic nightmare” as scattered fighting flared in the north of the country ..