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Erdogan: Turkey to launch new military op in northern Syria soon

Erdogan: Turkey to launch new military op in northern Syria soon
14:00 12-10-2018 | icon 9

Baku, Azerbaijan, Oct. 12

By Rufiz Hafizoglu – Trend:

Turkey will soon launch new military operations in Syria’s northern Manbij city to destroy the terrorists of Kurdish Democratic Union Party (PYD) and People’s Protection Units (YPG), the Turkish media cited the country’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan as saying on Oct. 12.

“Turkey will fight against terrorists until they are completely destroyed,” said the president.

Earlier, press-secretary of the Turkish president Ibrahim Kalin said that the US does not implement the road map on Manbij agreed with Turkey.

“Unfortunately, the road map on Manbij is not being implemented,” he said. “We are witnessing the tactics of delay. We want this game to be finally stopped. This topic is being discussed with partners, but such delay is becoming a big problem.”

He added that the agreement on Manbij should be implemented as quickly as possible.

Earlier, Recep Tayyip Erdogan said that the US did not keep the promises regarding the withdrawal of the PYD/YPG terrorists from Manbij.

"According to the agreements reached by Turkey and the US, the detachments of the PYD/YPG fighters were to leave Manbij within 90 days, but it did not happen," Erdogan added.

On June 4, Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu and US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo discussed a road map on Manbij during talks in Washington. Also, Pompeo and Cavusoglu met in Brussels and discussed the Operation Olive Branch, as well as other issues.

On Jan. 20, the Turkish Armed Forces, together with the Free Syrian Army, launched the Operation Olive Branch in Afrin, Syria.

On Aug. 24, 2016, units of the Turkish Armed Forces began the Operation Euphrates Shield against the "Islamic State" and with the support of the Syrian opposition liberated the border town of Jarablus in northern Syria, as well as al-Bab.

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