Turkey says new military operation in Syria’s Afrin possible
Baku, Azerbaijan, Nov. 30
By Leman Zeynalova – Trend:
Turkey doesn’t rule out a new military operation in the Syrian city of Afrin, Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said at a joint press conference with his Azerbaijani and Pakistani counterparts, Elmar Mammadyarov and Khawaja Muhammad Asif, in Baku Nov. 30.
Cavusoglu noted that for Turkey ensuring its own security is one of the priorities.
He noted that the US should also keep its word to stop arming the YPG and PYD groups.
Earlier, Turkish Deputy Prime Minister Bekir Bozdag said Turkey doesn’t rule out a new military operation in Afrin. He noted that Ankara will not allow creation of a new state in northern Syria, near the southern borders of Turkey.
On Oct. 25, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said that a new military operation may be held in Afrin.
Turkey has been moving military equipment to its border with Syria since June 21. Military equipment is being deployed in Turkey’s south-central province of Kilis, which borders Syrian territories controlled by YPG and PYD.
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