Erdogan threatens to empty Kurdish detachments from Syria’s border areas

Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan addresses members of parliament from his ruling AK Party (AKP) during a meeting at the Turkish parliament in Ankara, Turkey, October 23, 2018. REUTERS/Tumay Berkin

UNITED STATES (VOP TODAY NEWS) — Speaking in Alexandretta, the Turkish President promised to clean up northern Syria – the regions bordering his country – Kurdish formations, which he continues to designate as “terrorists”.

Recep Tayyip Erdogan said that Ankara would clean Kurdish formations in the northern territories of Syria bordering Turkey, thereby creating a safe area.

“In northern Syria, we will not allow the possibility of creating an anti-terrorist corridor against our country. We will create a safe area and our Syrian brothers will be able to return home. Starting with Manbij, we will clean up terrorists [he talks about Kurdish self-defense forces, the whole southern border] as we did in Afrine, “he said in Alexandrette in the south of the country.

Earlier, Erdogan had said that Ankara was ready to launch an operation east of the Euphrates as well as Manbij against the Kurdish self-defense forces, if the United States did not bring them out of that area.

He then explained that he had decided to postpone the operation after a telephone conversation with Donald Trump that took place on December 14, 2018, after which the US President decided to withdraw his troops from Syria.

Earlier, Donald Trump had mentioned the need to set up a buffer zone of almost 30 km in the territories bordering Turkey. Erdogan approved his idea as long as this area is controlled by Anakra.

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