Turkey says preps for Syria op resume 'intensively'

War / Terrorism 1/11/2019, 8:47 AM
Turkey says preps for Syria op resume 'intensively'

Turkish Defense Minister Hulusi Akar (pictured) stated on Friday that the preparations for a possible military operation east of river Euphrates in Syria are continuing "intensively." The minister added that Turkey is determined to "end terrorism wherever it is" but stressed that the announced offensive will only target "terrorists," and not the "Kurdish brothers." However, Ankara considers the mainly-Kurdish People's Protection Units (YPG) militia operating in northern Syria to be a terrorist organization with close links to outlawed Turkey-based Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK).

Yesterday, Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said that the planned military operation against Kurdish militias east of Euphrates is not dependent on the announced pullout of United States troops from Syria. He added that Ankara will launch the offensive even if Washington fails to withdraw its troops in time and end its support for YPG, its ally in the war against ISIS. Meanwhile, US State Secretary Mike Pompeo said during his tour of the Middle East that his country will ensure Kurds in Syria are safe after American troops withdraw from the country.

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