BEIRUT, LEBANON (12:45 P.M.) – Turkey will begin their eastern Euphrates military operation in the next few days, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan reported this afternoon.
According to the Daily Sabah, Erdogan told the audience at the Turkish Defense Industry Summit in Ankara that “it is time to realize Turkey’s decision to dissolve terrorism groups east of the Euphrates River.”
Erdogan has hinted at a Turkish military operation in this region of Syria for two-months now; however, it appeared that his plans may have been thwarted by the presence of U.S. observation posts near the border.
It is not quite clear where the Turkish military plans to conduct their operation, as they are currently blocked by U.S. forces at the border-cities of Kobane (var. Ayn Al-Arab) and Tal Al-Abyad.
This will be the second major military operation that the Turkish military has launched this year; the first was conducted in the Afrin region of Aleppo between the months of January and March.