Erdogan Threates To Continue Military Operations In Afrin To “Clear” Turkey’s “Southern Border”

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Erdogan Threates To Continue Military Operations In Afrin To "Clear" Turkey's "Southern Border"


Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan claimed that Turkish forces may soon carry out an attack on the city of Afrin, a stronghold of the US-backed Kurdish forces in northwestern Syria on January 14.

Turkey says that YPG and YPJ militias that control Afrin are terrorist groups with links to the PKK, a Kurdish separatist militant organization opearting in Turkey’s southeast.

“In coming days, we will continue our operations in Afrin to clear our southern border,” Erdogan told a meeting of his party in Tokat province on January 14.

The president added that he’s waiting for backing from allies, without elaborating. A meeting of Turkey’s National Security Council, which advises on military actions, is scheduled on January 17.

Previously Erdogan threatened US-backed forces in Syria on January 13.

“If the terrorists [the SDF] in Afrin don’t surrender, we will tear them down,” Erdogan said during a meeting with member of his Justice and Development Party (AKP) in the eastern city of Elazig.

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