Speaking in Elazig on Saturday, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan stated that Turkey’s military operation in Syria’s northern Idlib province will crush the PKK/PYD terror group in Afrin.
Referring to Afrin, the President stated: “With the Euphrates Shield Operation we cut the terror corridor right in the middle. We hit them one night suddenly. With the Idlib operation, we will collapse the western wing.”
Following an agreement with Russia and Iran, who are the two other guarantors of the Astana process, Turkish troops entered Idlib with the aim to reduce fighting between the pro-Assad regime forces and opposition fighters.
President Erdogan also criticized the U.S. for arming PKK/PYD terrorists: “The U.S. sent 4,900 trucks of weapons to Syria. We know this. This is not what allies do. We know they sent 2,000 planes full of weapons.”
Turkish army strikes PKK/PYD positions in Afrin
Reports have emerged confirming that the Turkish Armed Forces hit PKK/PYD positions in the northwest region of Afrin.
The Turkish army fired intermittent artillery shells from Reyhanli’s Ogulpinar border gate in the southwestern Turkish province of Hatay.