Erdogan: Turkey has ‘de-facto’ launches ground operation on Syria’s Afrin

January 21, 2018 Off By Web Desk

Ankara (OIC-UNA) – In a further escalation, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said on Saturday that Ankara had de-facto already launched an operation on the ground to oust Kurdish militia from the Syrian town of Afrin, AFP reported.

The Afrin operation has de-facto been started on the ground, Erdogan said in a televised speech in the city of Kutahya, without specifying further. This will be followed by Manbij, he added, referring to another Kurdish-controlled Syrian town to the east. Earlier, the Turkish army said it launched new strikes on Saturday against the Kurdish People’s Protection Units (YPG) militia in northern Syria. The army said it hit in “legitimate self defense” camps and refuges used by the YPG in response to fire coming from the Afrin region controlled by the militia group, which Turkey deems to be a terror organization.

Source: International Islamic News Agency