Erdogan threatens fresh operation to create ‘safe zone’ at Syrian border


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SULAIMANI — Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Turkey plans to launch a new military operation in Syria in order to continue the establishment of a 30 km safe zone on the border, the Associated Press (AP) reported on Monday (May 23).

Erdogan has yet to announce the time of the operation but stated it would come following preparations by security and intelligence forces, AP said.

Turkey seeks to seize control of portions of northern Syria from the control of the Kurdish People’s Protection Units (YPG), which it considers part of the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK).

The country has staged three major operations into northern Syria in efforts to take control of the border area from the Islamic State (ISIS) and the YPG, the AP noted.

According to Turkey’s Anadolu Agency, the upcoming operation seeks to gain control of areas controlled by Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) and to return one million Syrian refugees to the area.

(NRT Digital Media)