BEIRUT, LEBANON (10:00 P.M.) – Turkish Defence Minister Nurettin Canikli stressed on Turkey’s commitment to carrying out the military operation in northern Syria, speaking in a televised interview from Ankara on Friday.
Speaking of the impending operation in Afrin, Canikli said: “This operation will be carried out. Terror operations will be washed out from that area.”
According to Canikli, the operation had “physically started” referring to the cross-shelling of the border region, a fact confirmed by the People’s Protection Units (YPG).
On Monday, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan talked about impending military operations in Syria’s Afrin and Manbij regions, stating that the Turkish armed forces are prepared to “sort this matter” and that the campaign could start “in any minute.” His warnings followed the US-led coalition’s decision to build a 30,000-strong border force with the help of the Kurdish YPG-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF).