Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Monday acknowledged the start of a “ground operation” in Syria, a day after a series of airstrikes on Kurdish positions in Syria and Iraq and several rocket attacks on Turkish territory.
“There is no doubt that this operation will be limited to an air operation only”the head of state clarified to the Turkish journalists who accompanied him on his return from Qatar, where he attended the opening of the World Cup.
A series of airstrikes On Sunday, about 30 people died in Syria. was launched in retaliation for a terrorist attack that killed six people in Istanbul on November 13, for which Ankara blames Kurdish “terrorists”.
“The competent units, our Ministry of Defense and our General Staff will jointly decide on force to be applied by our ground forces”, – said the President of Turkey.
Turkish government blames PKK Kurds for attack that killed six people in Istanbul
“We have already warned: let’s make those who interfere with us on our territory pay”, Erdogan threatened.
On Sunday evening and Monday morning, rockets from Syria hit the Turkish border and territory, killing three people and injuring about 15.
The President explained that in connection with Operation Claw of the Sword launched on Sunday against the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) and the People’s Defense Units (YPG) the attack was “carried out by 70 aircraft and drones”🇧🇷
Erdogan also assured that he had “no conversations” with US President Joe Biden or his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin about the operation.
The United States is backing the YPG in northeast Syria against Islamic State (IS) “jihadist” movements, while Russia is backing pro-government militias in the same region.