BEIRUT, LEBANON (9:15 A.M.) – Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan stated during his victory speech on Monday that his nation’s army will continue to “liberate Syrian lands” so that refugees can return to Syria safely.
Fresh off his victory during the recent presidential election, Erdogan vowed to eliminate the ‘terrorist’ factions in northern Syria and Iraq.
The Turkish military has been actively inside Syria since their Afrin campaign earlier this year.
Prior to Erdogan’s statement, Syrian President Bashar Al-Assad vowed to retake northern Syria with force, if both Turkey and the United States (US) do not leave the region.
“We adopted two ways: the first one and the main one was the reconciliation; it succeeded. This is how we could have brought those areas back to their normality where the people live a normal life and the government is controlling the life of the people through the institutions. The other one is attacking the terrorists whenever they don’t give up and join the reconciliation. We’re going to attack them and take control by force, which is not our favorable way, but it’s the only way to gain control of the country,” Assad told Russia’s NTV this past weekend.
Syria and Turkey currently have no diplomatic relations, as the latter cutoff all ties in 2012.
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