Turkey could launch an operation in the Manbij and Afrine districts of Syria, controlled by YPG Kurdish forces, said Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.
The Turkish army could start an operation next week in the district of Manbij and that of Afrine, north-west of Syria, controlled by the Kurdish forces of the YPG, said the head of the Turkish State Recep Tayyip Erdogan .
“If at Manbij the promises we have been given [by the Americans on the withdrawal of the YPG, ed] are not kept, we will act. They will see what we will do in a week, “said the President, making a speech Saturday in the province of Elazıg, broadcast by the Turkish channel NTV.
According to him, the United States has delivered to the YPG forces in Syria 4,900 trucks and some 2,000 aircraft loaded with weapons.
“It’s not the behavior of an ally. You will provide arms to the YPGs and talk about strategic partnership with us? Nobody will swallow this snake. The United States is deluded, believing that collaboration with terrorists will not harm their national interests. He who took a snake in his bed will bear the consequences,” said Recep Tayyip Erdogan.
Ankara has more than once condemned Washington for its military support of YPG forces that Turkey regards as a terrorist organization linked to the banned Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) in the country.
Meanwhile, according to the NTV channel, the Turkish armed forces opened fire on an area of the YPG-controlled Afrine district after shots were fired from that territory against the Turkish border.
A dozen artillery shells were fired against Syrian territory, the channel said.