BEIRUT, LEBANON (10:40 P.M.) – Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan told the audience at an iftar dinner on Friday that nation’s armed forces will be clearing the remaining “terrorist groups” from Syria.
“Tens of thousands of guns, vehicles and equipment are provided free-of-cost to terror groups in northern Syria who we are fighting,” Erdogan said, taking a jab at the U.S.’ support of the Kurdish-led forces in Syria.
“We will soon clear terror-infested regions of Syria and give 4 million Syrians the chance to return home,” he added.
Erdogan has repeatedly vowed to eliminate these ‘terror’ groups east of the Euphrates; however, due to the prescience of U.S.-led Coalition forces in these areas, the Turkish leader has been unable to commit his forces to such an operation.
At the same time, Erdogan is also busy with the election fiasco in Istanbul, for which he cancelled the results because they were not favorable to his political party.
Erdogan’s decision to cancel the election results in Istanbul may create turmoil within his own country, which will greatly influence whether or not he can commit his military to such an operation.