Preps for Turkey's anti-terror operation in Syria complete, Defense Min. Akar says

Published 29.01.2019 10:52
Updated 29.01.2019 12:09
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The Turkish military has completed preparations for the operations in Syria's Manbij and east of the Euphrates, Defense Minister Hulusi Akar said Tuesday.

"When the time comes, the necessary actions will be taken both in Manbij and east of the Euphrates," said Hulusi Akar, referring to a counter-terrorist operation long pledged by Turkish leaders.

Akar said Turkey's preparations for a possible operation are ready, adding: "The only target of the Turkish Armed Forces is terrorists."

Akar also said Turkey welcomed the Kurdish Regional Government (KRG)'s "timely" reactions and measures against an attack on a Turkish base in Iraq.

On Saturday, the Turkish Defense Ministry said a base belonging to the Turkish Armed Forces in northern Iraq was attacked due to provocation by the PKK terrorist group.

Since 2016, Turkey's Euphrates Shield and Olive Branch operations in northwestern Syria have liberated the northern Syrian region -- including Al-Bab, Afrin, and Azaz -- of the PKK's Syrian affiliate People's Protection Units (YPG) and Daesh terrorists, making it possible for Syrians who fled violence there to return home.

In its more than 30-year terror campaign against Turkey, the PKK -- recognized as a terrorist group by Turkey, the U.S., and the EU -- has been responsible for the deaths of some 40,000 people, including women and children.

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