Turkey Vows to Remain in Northern Syria

Erdogan: Turkey will continue operations in northern Syria

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Tuesday (January 9) the country’s military will continue its operations in Afrin and Manbij regions in northern Syria.

Erdogan made the comments during a parliamentary address to his ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP), Reuters reported.

Turkey launched the Euphrates Shield operation on its Syrian border in 2016 to destroy what it called a “corridor of terror”, made up by the dual threat of Islamic State and Kurdish fighters in Syria.

Ankara views the People’s Protection Units (YPG) as the Syrian branch of the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK), which has waged an insurgency inside Turkey since 1974. Relations between PKK and the country have also included successful periods of peace agreements, though tensions are high now.

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