Erdogan said a possible extension of the operation in Syria to the border with Iraq
ANKARA, January 26 — RIA Novosti, Alain Palazhchenko. Turkey intends to expand the area of operations in Syria to Manija and further to the border with Iraq, said the Turkish leader Tayyip Erdogan.
“We cleaned our borders from terrorists to Iraq itself. Manbij is also clear from the terrorists, as promised. Appeal to those who urged us to quickly finish the operation. If you fall on the rockets, what would you do?”— said Erdogan, speaking in Ankara in front of the heads of the regional offices of the ruling Party of justice and development.
The General staff of the Turkish armed forces on 20 January announced the beginning of “operation Olive branch” against the forces of the Syrian Kurds in the Afrin. The Prime Minister of Turkey Binali Yildirim said Sunday the beginning of the ground operation. Simultaneously with Turkey, the militants of the “free Syrian army”.
Damascus strongly condemned Turkey’s actions in ‘ afrīn, noting that it is an integral part of Syria. Moscow in connection with the situation in Afrin called on all parties to show restraint and to respect territorial integrity of Syria.