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Turkey to begin air and ground operations in the coming days in Syria: President Erdogan

The Turkish military is ready to launch an operation in Northern Syria, East of the Euphrates, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said.

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Turkey to begin air and ground operations in the coming days in Syria: President Erdogan

The Turkish military is ready to launch an operation in Northern Syria, East of the Euphrates, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said.

“We have prepared, implemented action plans, given the necessary instructions. Maybe today or tomorrow we will make such a decision, we will conduct this operation both on the ground and from the air,” he said, speaking to the functionaries of the ruling justice and development Party in the city of Ankara.

The purpose of the operation, Erdogan said is the cleaning of the Syrian border area from the PKK/YPG terrorists and the creation of a safe zone there.

At the same time, the Turkish President stressed that the US, which supports the YPG/SDF, must answer the question whether they recognize them as a terrorist organization.

“Turkey is already fed up with promises, it has endured for a long time. We understand that the idea of conducting joint ground and air patrols with the United States in Syria delays the implementation of the plan to create a safe zone. We want to bring peace East of the Euphrates, “ Erdogan added.

“The creation of a safe zone in Syria is the most rational way to return Syrians home. We decided to act independently. We will conduct this operation both on the ground and from the air. Maybe today, maybe tomorrow [we will start], “ the Turkish leader said.

On October 1, he said that Ankara intends to act independently on the issue of creating a safe zone at the east of the Euphrates River in Syria, since it has so far “failed to achieve the desired result”, and there is no time to wait.

The Minister of national defense of Turkey Hulusi Akar on the same day informed that the armed forces of the country are ready to carry out the corresponding operation in Syria.

In early August, Ankara and Washington reached an agreement on establishing a safe zone in northern Syria.

 

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