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British Kurds warn Turkish state is planning to invade Rojava, northern Syria

BRITISH Kurds are preparing to take action in London amid fears that the Turkish state will invade northern Syria.

US President Donald Trump announced today that he would be pulling troops from Rojava.

Campaigners warned that the move could give the Turkish government the green light to repeat its slaughter of Kurdish people.

The US had been allied with the YPG Kurdish forces in the region, who led the fight against Isis there.

Turkish forces invaded Afrin in Syria in 2018, following the withdrawal of US troops, in operations that saw them accused of “indiscriminately shelling civilians” by international human rights groups.

Gik-Der Turkish and Kurdish community organisation’s Ibo Avcil called for a “strong mobilisation of the masses.”

Mr Avcil said: “What won in Kobane and in all of Rojava was the bravery of the Kurds in the region and the extraordinary street support of the masses in Europe and all around the world.”

Kurdish students called the US decision “an open call for another Kurdish genocide.”

A statement by the Kurdish Students’ Union and the Revolutionary Kurdish Youth Movement said: “The Syrian Democratic Forces have stated they will not hesitate to defend Rojava and any attack will lead to a full-scale war along the Turkish Syrian border.”

The group urged young people to “Rise up For Rojava” across Britain.

Campaign Against Arms Trade’s (CAAT) Andrew Smith warned that an invasion of northern Syria “could have devastating consequences.”

He said: “By arming the Turkish military, the British government is making itself complicit in how those weapons are used.

“The UK must stop aiding Turkey’s human rights abuses with arms sales and political support.”

Since 2014, Britain has licensed £1.1 billion worth of weapons to be sold to Turkey.

Labour shadow foreign secretary Emily Thornberry said: “As a matter of urgency, the government must demand firstly that Kurdish representatives are brought into the newly constituted Syrian constitutional reform committee.

“Secondly, Turkey must not increase its military presence in northern Syria or its support for Syrian militias operating on its behalf.

“Thirdly, there must be no attempt by Turkey to use this announcement as a green light to return non-Kurdish Syrian refugees into northern Syria in an effort to change the region’s ethnic composition.”

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