BEIRUT, LEBANON (1:40 P.M.) – Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan told a crowd on Friday that his military is preparing to launch an operation in Syria’s Euphrates River Valley.
“Hopefully very soon, we will root out terror nests also in east Euphrates with the support of commandos, who are pinned today with badges,” Erdogan told the crowd at a military ceremony in Turkey’s Isparta Province, as quoted by the state-owned Anadolu News Agency.
Erdogan said Turkey dealt a major blow to the members of this “terrorist organization” at home, while also raising his military’s achievements in Syria.
The Turkish President has hinted at a military operation in eastern Syria for several months now; however, his forces have yet to make any substantial deployment to the borders of northeastern Syria.
Furthermore, the large presence of U.S. and French troops in the eastern part of the Euphrates River Valley makes it very difficult for his forces to advance.