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Turkey: ‘Tomorrow or tonight’ - Turkish DefMin on Afrin operation01:03

Turkey: ‘Tomorrow or tonight’ - Turkish DefMin on Afrin operation

Turkey, Ankara
January 19, 2018 at 18:02 GMT -00:00 · Published

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).

El ministro de Defensa turco, Nurettin Canikli, ha asegurado este viernes que las Fuerzas Armadas turcas han comenzado "de facto" la operación en la región de Afrin, enclave kurdo del noroeste de Siria.

El ministro ha declarado que “se eliminarán todas las líneas terroristas en el norte de Siria”. Situada en el norte de Siria, Afrín fue tomada por las milicias kurdas en el 2012. Se estima que en Afrín hay unos varios miles de combatientes de las YPG.

El grupo de las milicias kurdas de las YPG, opositor a Bashar el Asad, recibe el apoyo de EE. UU. y de Rusia en la lucha contra el Estado Islámico. Nurettin Canikli ha explicado que, para esta operación, Turquía cooperará con Moscú pero no con Washington. Hace varios días el presidente turco, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, anunció una ofensiva militar contra las Unidades de Protección Popular (YPG) en los cantones de Afrin y Manbij, en el norte de Siria, si estos grupos no se retiran de la zona.

Turkey: ‘Tomorrow or tonight’ - Turkish DefMin on Afrin operation01:03
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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).

El ministro de Defensa turco, Nurettin Canikli, ha asegurado este viernes que las Fuerzas Armadas turcas han comenzado "de facto" la operación en la región de Afrin, enclave kurdo del noroeste de Siria.

El ministro ha declarado que “se eliminarán todas las líneas terroristas en el norte de Siria”. Situada en el norte de Siria, Afrín fue tomada por las milicias kurdas en el 2012. Se estima que en Afrín hay unos varios miles de combatientes de las YPG.

El grupo de las milicias kurdas de las YPG, opositor a Bashar el Asad, recibe el apoyo de EE. UU. y de Rusia en la lucha contra el Estado Islámico. Nurettin Canikli ha explicado que, para esta operación, Turquía cooperará con Moscú pero no con Washington. Hace varios días el presidente turco, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, anunció una ofensiva militar contra las Unidades de Protección Popular (YPG) en los cantones de Afrin y Manbij, en el norte de Siria, si estos grupos no se retiran de la zona.

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