Turkey’s president says it’ll launch a army assault on a Kurdish enclave in northern Syria “within the coming days.”
President Recep Tayyip Erdogan stated Sunday the operation towards the Afrin enclave will purpose to “purge terror” from his nation’s southern border.
Afrin is managed by a Kurdish militia often known as the YPG, which Turkey views as a terror group and an extension of the Kurdish insurgency raging in its southeast.
Erdogan stated the brand new operation can be an extension of Turkey’s 2016 incursion into northern Syria, which was aimed toward combatting the Islamic State group and stemming the advance of U.S.-backed Kurdish forces. Turkish troops are stationed in insurgent-held territory on each side of Afrin.