Baku, Azerbaijan, Jan. 10
By Rufiz Hafizoglu - Trend:
Turkey will not hesitate to launch a new anti-terrorist operation in Syria's north against PYD/YPG, the Syrian wing of the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK), Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said, Trend reports via Turkish media Jan. 10.
He noted that the start of the Turkish Armed Forces' operation against PYD/YPG does not depend on the withdrawal of American troops from Syria's north.
Cavusoglu recently said the US has such close ties with the Syrian wing of PKK that Washington is experiencing difficulties with the withdrawal of its troops from Syria's north.
On Dec. 12, 2018, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said the Turkish Armed Forces will launch a new military operation in Syria against PYD/YPG.
Erdogan claimed that there were US soldiers in the detachments of the terrorists in Syria.
Despite that the US promised Turkey it would not support PYD/YPG, Washington did not keep its word, said Erdogan.
On Jun. 4, 2018, Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu and US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo discussed a roadmap on Syria's Manbij during talks in Washington.
Earlier, Cavusoglu and Pompeo had a meeting in Brussels and discussed the Operation Olive Branch, as well as other issues.
On Jan. 20, 2018, Turkish Armed Forces, together with the Free Syrian, launched the Operation Olive Branch in Afrin, Syria.
On Aug. 24, 2016, the Turkish Armed Forces launched 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.