Turkey’s impending new offensive in northern Syria has raised fears of fresh war-crimes after videos of Turkish-backed militias executing unarmed civilians emerged online. President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan launched Operation Peace Spring two weeks ago, after Donald Trump’s announcement that the US would not stand in the way. In the resulting chaos, as Turkish troops advanced much further into the supposed ‘safe zone’ in Syrian territory, shocking videos of fighters shooting defenseless prisoners emerged. Four days after the offensive was launched on October 9, footage emerged showing the execution of nine apparently unarmed people on the M4 highway, Syria’s main road. Proxy militias filmed themselves executing restrained prisoners, while yelling ‘God is great’, and filmed the aftermath of the death of a prominent Kurdish politician Hevrin Khalaf. The subsequent footage and images, first posted on a rebel group’s page, quickly spread across the internet causing outrage across the world and led to accusations of war crimes. A 120-hour suspension of the fighting negotiated by the US is due to end tomorrow, after American troops have fully withdrawn from northern Syria. Grabs from one of the videos shows a couple of the prisoners who were detained. Video appears to show a number… Read full this story
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