21 July 2018

Turkey to resume clearing its borders from terror

Home page Politics
12 Punto 14 Punto 16 Punto 18 Punto

President Recep Tayyip Erdogan signaled Sunday a military operation against the PKK terror group's Syrian offshoot Democratic Union Party (PYD) and its armed wing People's Protection Units (YPG) in Syria's Afrin, located at the border with Turkey. reports citing DS.

Speaking at the provincial congress of the ruling Justice and Development Party (AK Party) in the central province of Tokat, Erdogan said that Turkey is determined to fight against PKK terrorists across its borders, as well as inside the country.

"Turkey will continue the operation to clear its southern border from terror with Afrin. We urge the international community to support Turkey's legitimate efforts," Erdogan said.

"The slightest harassment from across the border will be seen as a signal flare to start the steps that are needed to be taken," Erdogan said.

President Erdogan also said that Turkey does not differentiate between terrorists, and treats all terrorist groups equally no matter where they are located.

According to information obtained by the Anadolu Agency (AA) from local sources, YPG terrorists in northern Syria have reportedly geared up to establish a regular army called the Army of the North with U.S. assistance.

The sources said the U.S. military completed the training of 400 YPG members, following an announcement from the U.S. Central Command (CENTCOM) Commander Gen. Joseph Votel on Dec. 22, 2017, about forming border guard regiments.

Washington reneged on its promise to cease its support for the PKK's Syrian affiliate the Democratic Union Party (PYD) and its armed wing the YPG after Daesh was defeated in Syria, and has substantially increased weaponry and technology support to the group.

Despite the PKK being listed as a terrorist group by the U.S., EU, and NATO, Washington supports the PYD and the YPG as "the most effective partner against Daesh," overlooking their links to the PKK. The support has become a strong factor in the deterioration of ties between the two NATO allies, bringing relations to historic lows in recent years.

2018.01.14 / 16:59
See also

US urges Security Council to maintain N.Korea pressure

Washington reluctant to accept results of Russia-US summit

US apologizes for disrupting cyber security consultations

Putin says forces seeking results of Russia-US summit

Putin notes serious risks of escalation in Ukraine

Zakir Hasanov met with Andrzej Kasprzyk

Azerbaijani and Italian FMs met in Baku

Sergio Mattarella: Italy support Karabakh conflict

President of Tajikistan to visit Azerbaijan

Trump accepts US intel assessment on Russian meddling

Xocalı soyqırımı — 1992-ci il Bağla
Bize yazin Bağla