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Turkish troops cleared of “terrorists” a thousand square kilometers of the territory of Syria during the first week of the operation. Ankara will continue, until will not eliminate the threat. This statement was made by Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, reports “Interfax”.
“We have two objectives: eliminating the terrorist threat and the return of refugees. On the seventh day of the operation we have cleared of terrorists 1000 square kilometers of territory along the border,” he said, speaking at the summit of the cooperation Council of Turkic-speaking States. Erdogan stressed that military action will continue “until the complete elimination of the terrorist threat”, and urged the Turkic countries to support Turkey in the fight against terrorism.
According to plan the Turkish leader, after the “liberation” of these territories will return to Syria one million refugee, and then another two million.
Erdogan announced the beginning of military operations in Syria on October 9. It was called “the Source of peace”, its task is to combat the Kurdistan workers ‘ party (PKK, banned in Turkey as a terrorist) and the “Islamic state” (banned in Russia organization). The operation is performed together with the formation of the free Syrian army.
The United States refused to support the Kurds against Ankara and withdrew from the Syrian troops. The militants of the Kurdish rebel group the “Syrian democratic forces” (SDF), backed by Washington, called it a “stab in the back”
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