18 January 2018

Turkey won't allow PYD-PKK terror corridor

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Turkey's top security body, the National Security Council (MGK), held its last meeting of the year late Wednesday, reasserting that Turkey will not allow PYD/PKK militants form a terror corridor on the country's southern border. reports citing to Dailysabah.

The meeting was convened by President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan at the Presidential Complex in Ankara and lasted 6 hours.

In a statement released after the meeting, officials stated that the meeting focused on Turkey's war on terror.

The council said that Turkey would not allow PKK militants to find shelter in northern Syria and Iraq's Sinjar.

Within the scope of Operation Euphrates Shield, Turkey-backed Free Syrian Army (FSA) fighters are now expected to move towards Manbij, once they gain control of the key northern town al-Bab over the coming days.

Even though U.S. officials had promised the withdrawal of the PKK-affiliated Syrian Democratic Union Party (PYD) from Manbij, Turkish sources confirmed that there were still around 200 PYD militants left in the town.

Additionally, the ongoing Mosul operations against Daesh and the latest on Turkish troops in the Bashiqa military camp near Mosul was another matter of discussion.

Turkey has already said it will not remain silent on military advancements by the Shia militia group Hashd al-Shaabi, inside the mostly-Turkmen Iraqi town of Tal Afar and also warned that it will not let Sinjar become a second headquarters for the PKK.

For emergency military intervention, the Turkish Armed Forces have already deployed tanks and other armored vehicles to Silopi in the southeastern Şırnak province, near the Iraqi border.

The ongoing war against the Gülenist Terror Group (FETÖ), the organization behind the July 15 failed coup attempt, and extradition efforts to bring its mastermind Fetullah Gülen back to Turkey was also on the meeting's agenda.

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