President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan signalled a possible military operation on Syria’s Afrin, Manbij ‘if terroristst do not pull out in one week’ on Jan. 13.
“In Manbij, if they break the promises, we will take the matter in our own hands until there are no terrorists left. They will see what we’ll do in about a week,” Erdogan said.
“If the terrorists in Afrin don’t surrender we will tear them down,” he added.
Speaking at the provincial congress meetings of his ruling Justice and Development (AKP) in the eastern province of Elazığ, Erdoğan said that Turkey would conduct military operations in Syria’s Afrin if the Peoples’ Protection Units (YPG) militants do not withdraw, adding that Turkey was disappointed with the United States for not keeping its promises.
“The U.S. sent 4,900 trucks of weapons in Syria. We know this. This is not what allies do,” Erdoğan said.
“We know they sent 2,000 planes full of weapons, he added.
He said that Turkey would clear its border with Iraq of “terrorists.”
Erdoğan said the YPG is trying to establish a “terror corridor” on Turkey’s southern border.
“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 are collapsing the western wing,” Erdoğan said, referring to Afrin.