Erdogan: Turkey to launch military operation in northeastern Syria

Source:Deutsche Welle Date:05Oct2019

Turkey will launch an air and ground military operation in Syria in the next two days in a region east of the Euphrates mainly held by US-backed Kurdish militia that Ankara considers terrorists, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said on Saturday.


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Turkey is ready to start a military operation in northern Syria to claim areas from American-backed Kurdish forces and may act “as soon as today or tomorrow,” President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said on Saturday.

 “We have made our preparations, completed our operation plans,” Erdogan said at an AK Party meeting in Kizilcahamam in Ankara Province. “We have given the necessary orders.” The operation in the east of the Euphrates river in northern Syria “will be carried out on land and air,” he said.

Pro-government daily SABAH:

The Trump administration will likely withdraw all U.S. military personnel from Syria if Turkey launches a military operation into the area east of the Euphrates, the Wall Street Journal reported Friday.

Citing anonymous U.S. officials, the report said Washington sees “mounting evidence” that a Turkish operation is imminent.

“It’s a perfect storm, it’s really ugly. There may just be no choice but to leave,” one official was cited as saying.