The Turkish foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu expressed the readiness of Ankara to participate in the operation to liberate the city of raqqa and the rest of the territory of Syria from the militants of the terrorist group “Islamic state” (IG, is prohibited in Russia). On Saturday, February 25, according to Anadolu.
Commenting on the progress of the operation “shield of the Euphrates”, Cavusoglu said that it is also necessary to release the city of Munich, where there are supporters of another terrorist organization, the YPG, which is a subdivision of the Kurdistan workers party (banned in Turkey). According to the Minister, the Turkish side expects the moves that representatives of this group of cities from the United States. “Then we plan an operation in Raqqa,” — said the Minister.
Further action in Syria were discussed with the States parties of the international coalition led by the United States. “With proper planning and with the assistance of local forces we will be able to easily clean Syria from terrorists,” — said Cavusoglu.
23 February it became known about the release of the IG town of al-Bab. Representatives of the Turkish General staff then said that the goal set in the beginning of the operation “shield of the Euphrates” is made. “At a later stage, Turkey will provide all possible assistance to the normalization of the situation and the safe return of the population in the city,” Anadolu quoted the head of staff, General Hulusi ACAR.
“Shield of the Euphrates” — operation of the Turkish army in Syria. Initially, its main stated goal is the destruction of the militants and the liberation of the occupied settlements in the province of Aleppo. In addition, the military has been tasked to oust from the border areas of the Kurdish militia and the creation of a safe zone.