BEIRUT, LEBANON (12:00 P.M.) – The Turkish military will launch their eastern Euphrates offensive regardless if the U.S. forces withdraw from Syria or not, Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said on Thursday.
According to Cavusoglu, the Turkish military operation east of the Euphrates is not contingent on whether or not the U.S. forces withdraw from the country.
Cavusoglu specified that Turkey refuses to allow the ‘terrorists’ (a reference to the YPG/SDF) to continue to operate east of the Euphrates.
The Turkish Foreign Minister vowed to eliminate this ‘terror’ threat from Syria and secure his country’s border from these PKK-aligned Kurdish groups.
The Turkish leadership has been hinting at launching this offensive in the eastern Euphrates for several weeks now, despite the U.S. Coalition’s disapproval.