Erdogan: Turkey to launch large-scale operation against Syrian Kurds

Erdogan: Turkey to launch large-scale operation against Syrian Kurds

Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said that larger scale operations against Syrian Kurds east of Euphrates River will soon be launched.

"Our preparations and plans [for an operation] are done, we will soon bring down the terror formation east of the Euphrates," Daily Sabah cited the Turkish leader as saying.

According to Erdogan, the Turkish military already started an intervention against the terrorists in the area.

Almost all the territory in the east of the Euphrates, except for the Assad regime-controlled area near Deir el-Zour and the area near the Iraqi border, is controlled by the U.S.-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), which is dominated by the YPG. The SDF also controls the districts of Manbij and Tabqah on the right bank of the river.

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