President and Justice and Development Party (AKP) Chair Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, who is currently in the US to attend the General Assembly of the United Nations (UN), spoke in an event organized by the Turkish American National Steering Committee (TASC).
Addressing Turkey's military presence in Syria and its objectives in his speech, Erdoğan also gave the signal of a possible operation to be launched into the east of Euphrates:
"God willing, in the forthcoming period, we will continue to increase the security zones in Syria in such a way to include the east of Euphrates."
After this speech, Erdoğan made a similar statement at the Gala Dinner of the Turken Foundation:
"We will take steps, which are similar to the operations of Euphrates Shield and Olive Branch, in the east of Euphrates in the forthcoming period."
Turken Foundation was established by the Youth and Service to Education Foundation of Turkey (TÜRGEV) and Ensar Foundation in New York in 2014.
In his article published on the Kommersant newspaper in Russia today (September 24), Erdoğan also wrote that they want to launch an operation into the east of Euphrates and have been waiting for the support of Russia.
Erdoğan also stated, "We expect that Russia lends its support to Turkey in its struggle against the centers of terror such as the PKK (Kurdistan Workers' Party), PYD (Democratic Union Party) and YPG (People's Protection Units)", criticizing the support provided by the US to the PYD. (HK/SD)
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