Erdogan promises ground operation in Syria

” No way “ that the operation launched Sunday, November 20 by the Turkish air force against Kurdish positions in northern Syria and Iraq is limited to an air dimension, promised the Turkish President, Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

“The competent units, our ministry of defense and our general staff will decide together on the power that must be committed by our ground forces (…) We have already warned: we will make those who disturb us on our territory pay”said Monday, November 21 the Head of State, who was speaking to the press on his return from Qatar, where he attended the opening of the Football World Cup.

Air raidswhich killed around thirty people on Sunday in Syria, were carried out in retaliation for the attack which killed six people on November 13 in Istanbul and which Ankara blames on the “terrorists” Kurds. On Sunday evening and Monday morning, rocket fire from Syria killed three people and injured around 15 on the Turkish side of the border.

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Regarding the “Armed Claw” operation launched on Sunday against the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) and the People’s Defense Units (YPG), “It was carried out by 70 planes and drones. They sank 140 kilometers into northern Iraq and 20 kilometers into northern Syria. said the president.

Mr. Erdogan said, moreover, that he had not had “no discussion” with his American and Russian counterparts, Joe Biden and Vladimir Putin, about the operation. The United States supports the YPG in the fight against the jihadists of the Islamic State group and Russia supports the militias engaged alongside the Syrian forces in the same region.

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The World with AFP

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