June 16, 2019

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Çavuşoğlu: The target is the terrorists … And sources talk about the deployment of Peshmerga on the border

Çavuşoğlu: The target is the terrorists … And sources talk about the deployment of Peshmerga on the border

Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu said that his country is not endangering the lives of American soldiers through the operation planned for in East of Euphrates, but its aim is the “YPG, PKK”.

“Turkey has diverted more than 3,000 terrorists from Syria and more than a thousand from Iraq,” Çavuşoğlu said during a meeting on the sidelines of the 18th Doha Forum in Qatar. Pointing out that ISIS is not the only terrorist organization in the region, there is also the organizations YPG / PKK.

“We are not endangering the lives of the American soldiers,” he added. “Our goal is ending the terrorist organization YPG/ PKK, just like in Afrin and in the Operation Euphrates Shield.”

“There are channels of communication between the Turkish and American armies to prevent undesirable incidents and there is also cooperation,” said Çavuşoğlu.

He also stressed on the need to achieve stability in the area under the control of the terrorist organization at a time when the focus is on the political solution and attempts to ensure the continuation of peace in Idlib.

Last Wednesday, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan announced his country’s intention to launch a military campaign within days to rid the eastern Euphrates region in Syria of the organization “PKK”.

In parallel, “Basnews” said on its site, that Washington plans to deploy “fighters”, The northern Iraqi region supervised their training, on the Syrian border with Turkey, in the areas of East Euphrates, as an alternative to the militants of the organization “YPG/ PKK” according to Anadolu Agency.

The agency quotes from a site close to the “KDP ” saying: “Washington chose this solution after Turkey’s strict rejection of the presence of the PKK on its southern border and Ankara planned to carry out a military operation against the terrorist organization’s fighters in the region”.

The site added that the United States will resort to the Syrian Peshmerga forces, which received training in northern Iraq for deployment in the border areas, and will cooperate with US forces to monitor the region.

According to a source: in the next few days, the first batch of these fighters will be deployed at points and locations in the eastern Euphrates on the Syrian border with Turkey, “

Pointing out that these forces “are currently on the Iraqi side of the border with Syria, and the first batch will be 400 fighters, out of a total of 8 thousand fighters.”