Syrian operation aimed at IS, says Erdogan
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. –