Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan announced that a new operation against US-backed Kurdish fighters “east of the Euphrates” would be launched “in a few days,” while speaking at a defense industry summit in Ankara on Wednesday.

“We won’t be a just mere spectator to the games which are staged right next to our borders,” Erdogan said, and confirmed that Turkey “will start the operation to clear the East of the Euphrates from separatist terrorists in a few days.”

The Kurdish forces operating east of the Euphrates have been long been an issue between Turkey, a key NATO ally, and the United States, who backs the Kurdish fighters in Syria.

The YPG are seen by Turkey as an affiliate of the separatist Kurdistan Workers’ Party, or PKK, which is listed as a terrorist organisation by several states and organisations, including NATO.

“I have to underline this, our target is never US soldiers but the active terror organization members. We are determined to turn the Eastern Euphrates to a peaceful and livable place to its native residents,” Erdogan concluded.

 

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gustavo
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gustavo
2018-12-12 17:11

Well, it looks like Turkey wants more Syria land, doesn’t it ? ….and Russia will allow this due their commercial and economical deals. Russia-TUrkey agreement was made to create a safe heaven for terrorists at Idlib…..wonderful agreement for terrorists to become stronger, better prepared, and with better weapons.

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Sammy
2018-12-13 04:04
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Russians are not obliged to uphold Syria’s territorial integrity militarily, maybe diplomatically.They are there to fight terrorists.It is the responsibility of the government in Damascus, the very one that the Kurds betrayed.lets see the protection the US will offer to it’s “Kurdish allies” against it’s “Turkish partners”

Nestor
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2018-12-13 00:27

Erdogan nuevamente pretende ayudar a ISIS distrayendo la ofensiva de SDF en Hajin y Al-Abukamal en Deir-Ezur.
El gobierno Turco quiere mas territorio Sirio y lo mas lamentable es que Rusia lo permite.

Sammy
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Sammy
2018-12-13 03:55

The Kurdish fools now eating their pie after betraying their government in favour of occupying forces.
See the allies you have now