BEIRUT, LEBANON (9:35 P.M.) – Turkey is mulling the launch of a new cross border invasion of northern Syria after failed talks with the U.S. on implementing a safe zone along the border.
On Friday, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan continued his aggressive rhetoric, vowing to launch an operation against the Kurdish-led forces in Syria, regardless if a safe zone is implemented.
“Whatever the outcome of safe zone talks with the United States, we will obliterate the east of the River Euphrates”, Erdoğan said, referring to the area controlled by Kurdish-dominated autonomous administrations and militias.
“Those who behave like regional strongmen while trusting in the protection of foreign forces will either abase themselves or go to their graves,” Erdoğan told provincial leaders of the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) at Friday’s meeting in Ankara.
Turkey, who considers the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) and People’s Protection Units (YPG) as offshoots of the outlawed Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK), is looking to take control of the areas held by the Kurdish-led forces, despite the U.S. Coalition’s presence.