TEHRAN (defapress) - Turkey will have nothing left to do in the Syrian town of Manbij once "terrorist organizations" leave the area, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said on Friday, hours after the Syrian army said it had entered the town.
News ID: 74613
Publish Date: 28December 2018 - 17:54
Turkey has threatened an assault on Manbij to drive out the Kurdish YPG militia, which it regards as a terrorist group. Erdogan signaled on Friday that Turkey was not in a hurry to carry out the operation, Reuters reported.
"In the current situation, we are still supporting the integrity of Syrian soil. These areas belong to Syria. Once the terrorist organizations leave the area, we will have nothing left to do there," Erdogan told reporters after Friday prayers in Istanbul.
Earlier on Friday, the Syrian army said it had entered Manbij for the first time in years, after the YPG urged Damascus to protect the town from the threat of Turkish attacks.
"It's not just about Manbij, we are aiming to wipe out all terrorist organizations in the region. Our main target is that the YPG takes the necessary lesson here," Erdogan said.