Erdogan: Turkish army’s ground operation in Syria will start ‘soon God willing’

Turkish President Recep Tayyup Erdogan accuses the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) and its allies of the People’s Protection Units (YPG) of having ordered the attack which left six dead and 81 injured in Istanbul.


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Lhe Turkish army’s ground operation in Syria will begin “soon God willing”, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan announced on Tuesday.


“We flew over the terrorists for a few days with our aircraft and our drones. God willing, we will eliminate them soon with our soldiers, guns and tanks,” Erdogan said during a speech in the northeast of the country. Turkish air force on Sunday launched a series of raids against Kurdish positions in northern Syria and Iraq, killing at least 37 people, according to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (OSDH).

The Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) and its allies in the People’s Protection Units (YPG) are accused by Ankara of having ordered the attack which killed six people and injured 81 on 13 November in Istanbul. Both have denied any involvement.




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“We responded to this vicious attack that claimed the lives of six innocent people, including children, by eradicating terrorist organizations in Iraq and northern Syria,” Erdogan continued. “We know who arms, who encourages the terrorists,” he insisted, without further details.

The head of state had already reiterated on Monday his threats of ground intervention in northern Syria, from which came rocket fire which left two dead and nearly thirty wounded in Turkish territory.


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