BEIRUT, LEBANON (11:40 A.M.) – The Turkish military will conduct the invasion of Aleppo’s Afrin Canton against the Kurdish-led People’s Protection Units (YPG), the Turkish Minister of Defense, Nurettin Canikli stated on Friday.
“The threat level against Turkey is increasing day by day. This operation will be carried out and we will combat terrorism,” Canikli said, as quoted by the Hurriyet Daily News.
Canikli told the Turkish newspaper A Haber that Russia will withdraw its military assets from the Afrin Canton in order to avoid any potential hostilities between the two nations.
According to a recent report from Turkish state owned Anadolu News Agency, an estimated 8,000-10,000 YPG fighters are currently inside the Afrin Canton.
No date has been set for the invasion.