Erdogan: Turkey military would launch a new operation across east of the River Euphrates

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SHAFAQNATurkey would launch a new operation across east of the River Euphrates in Syria, removing the Syrian Kurdish forces from the area, President Tayyip Erdogan said on Friday.

We will soon destroy the terror nests in the east of the Euphrates River With the support of our commandos, Erdoğan said.

The Syrian region east of the Euphrates is controlled by the US-backed Kurdish People’s Protection Units (YPG), which is regarded by Ankara as an affiliate of the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK). The PKK is listed as a terrorist organization in Turkey, Sputnik News mentioned.

Turkey launched incursion into Syria in 2016 and 2018, into areas west of the Euphrates, pushing Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) militants as well as Kurdish YPG fighters from the border area.

U.S. and Turkish troops have begun training in Turkey for joint patrols around Manbij since Sept. 9. But Turkish authorities have repeatedly accused their U.S. counterparts of delaying the YPG withdrawal from the district, according to Daily Sabah.

Speaking about the economy, Erdogan said that Turkey continues to maintain investments, Irna reported.

‘Being exposed to some speculative attacks in the economy recently does not change the fact that we are the world’s 13th largest country in terms of purchasing power parity and ranked 17 in terms of national income,’ he added.

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