Tuesday 20 August 2019

Erdoğan threatens Kurds with attack in bid to drive out fighters

 

Tayyip Erdoğan said the US and Russia know of plan. Photo: Getty Images
Tayyip Erdoğan said the US and Russia know of plan. Photo: Getty Images

Sarah Dadouch

Turkey will carry out a military offensive in northern Syria in a bid to drive out Kurdish militia fighters in a region near its border, President Tayyip Erdoğan said.

It has in the past warned of carrying out military operations east of the Euphrates, but put them on hold after agreeing with the US to create a safe zone inside Syria's north-eastern border with Turkey that would be cleared of the Kurdish YPG militia.

But Ankara has accused Washington of stalling progress on setting up the safe zone and demanded it sever its relations with the YPG.

The group was Washington's main ally on the ground in Syria during the battle against Isil, but Turkey sees it as a terrorist organisation.

Mr Erdoğan said Russia and the US have been told of the planned operation.

Irish Independent

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