Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan said Turkey has the right to solve its problems in northern Syria, where Turkish forces are carrying out airstrikes against Kurdish fighters and are also preparing for an imminent ground operation.
Erdoğan it is said that air operations against Kurdish fighters in northern Syria are just the beginning, as they will also launch a ground operation in the area at the appropriate time to secure Turkey’s southern border.
According to Erdogan, Turkish military operations will ensure the territorial integrity of Syria and also Iraq, where Turkish forces are also attacking the positions of Kurdish fighters.
On Tuesday it is Erdogan announced that Turkey will soon attack Kurdish fighters in Syria with tanks and ground troops. “God willing, we will eradicate them all as soon as possible with tanks and soldiers,” it is he said after tensions escalated on the border with Syria.
“Turkey it is patient, not because she was desperate, but because it is loyal to diplomacy. However, it does it is the road is over for those who think they can keep Turkey waiting by playing with letters and changing the name of a terrorist organization,” it is warned.
On Monday it is according to Turkey, a Kurdish militia YPG killed two people in a shell attack from northern Syria after it is the Turkish army attacked Kurdish fighters from the air over the weekend. Kurdish militia YPG it is reported that it is 15 Kurdish civilians and fighters were killed in Turkish attacks in recent days.
Ankara it is on Sunday launched an air operation called Krempelj-sword, within the framework of which it is in the north of Syria and Iraq in attacks on the positions of the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) and YPG– killed more than 35 people.
It is a retaliatory measure for a bombing in which it is which killed six people in Constantinople on November 13 and which Ankara attributes to Kurdish “terrorists” PKKand also YPG– yeah. PKK it is otherwise denied involvement in the attack.
Ankara warns the US
Turkish Defense Minister Hulusi Aklar it is asserted that the operations against the Kurdish fighters will continue, and at the same time called on the US to stop supporting them, because, according to him, they are members of the military wing of the outlawed Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK).
“We are saying yes to all partners, especially the US, at all levels it is YPG equivalent PKK-ju, which is why we insist on the demand to stop all support for terrorists,” it is said in a speech to the parliamentary commission Akar.
A spokesperson for the US State Department it is said yes it is Washington has informed Ankara of serious concerns about the impact of the tightening on the achievement of objectives in the fight against the Islamic extremist group Islamic State.
The United States is in the fight against the Islamic State, which it is occupied a significant part of the Syrian territory years ago, connected with Kurdish fighters, whose participation in the fighting it is was crucial in driving Islamic extremists from most of the captured territory.
German Interior Minister Nancy Faeser it is Urged Turkey to stop escalating violence.
“Germany it is on Turkey’s side in the fight against terrorism, but the response must be proportionate,” it is in Ankara at a meeting with a Turkish colleague Suleyman Soylum said the minister, calling for respect for international law and the protection of civilians
Even Russia, which is considered Syria’s main ally and has good relations with Turkey, it is urged Ankara to refrain from excessive use of force in Syria.
“We understand and respect Turkey’s concern about its own security. We continue to call on all parties to refrain from steps that could seriously destabilize the situation,” it is Kremlin spokesman Dimitry Peskov said.