Turkey vows to attack Kurdish enclave in Syria within 'days'

President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said today the operation against the Afrin enclave will aim to "purge terror" from his country's southern border.

Published: 14th January 2018 07:38 PM  |   Last Updated: 14th January 2018 08:20 PM   |  A+A-

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan (Photo | AP)

By PTI

ISTANBUL: Turkey's president says it will launch a military assault on a Kurdish enclave in northern Syria "in the coming days." President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said today the operation against the Afrin enclave will aim to "purge terror" from his country's southern border.

Afrin is controlled by a Kurdish militia known as the YPG, which Turkey views as a terror group and an extension of the Kurdish insurgency raging in its southeast.

Erdogan said the new operation would be an extension of Turkey's 2016 incursion into northern Syria, which was aimed at combatting the Islamic State group and stemming the advance of US-backed Kurdish forces.

Turkish troops are stationed in rebel-held territory on both sides of Afrin.

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