Syr­ian op­er­a­tion aimed at IS, says Er­do­gan

The Myanmar Times - - World -

THE Turk­ish op­er­a­tion in­side Syr­ian ter­ri­tory is aimed not just against ji­hadists but also Kur­dish mili­tia and should per­ma­nently put an end to prob­lems on the bor­der, Pres­i­dent Re­cep Tayyip Er­do­gan said yes­ter­day.

“From 4am, our forces be­gan an op­er­a­tion against the Daesh [Is­lamic State] and PYD [Kur­dish Demo­cratic Union Party] ter­ror groups that threaten our coun­try in north­ern Syria,” Mr Er­do­gan said in a speech in Ankara.

Turkey con­sid­ers the PYD and its Peo­ple’s Pro­tec­tion Units (YPG) mili­tia to be ter­ror groups bent on carv­ing out an au­ton­o­mous re­gion in Syria, although they are key al­lies of the United States in the fight against IS.

He added that the move was aimed at “putting an end” to prob­lems on the bor­der af­ter re­peated rocket fire from IS-held re­gions in Syria and a deadly sui­cide bomb­ing on a Kur­dish wed­ding at the week­end in Gaz­i­nan­tep which killed 54.

“We have said ‘enough is enough’ and there needs to be a putting an end to this. This process will have a con­clu­sion.

“No­body can see the Syr­ian is­sue in­de­pen­dent from Turkey’s in­ter­nal af­fairs,” Mr Er­do­gan said, adding the civil war had been re­spon­si­ble for a string of mil­i­tant at­tacks in­side Turkey. –

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