BREAKING: Erdogan threatens Kurdish forces if they do not withdraw from Syria’s Afrin and Manbij “in one week”
January 13, 2018 – Fort Russ News – Paul Antonopoulos
ELAZIG, Turkey – President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan today that his country might launch a military operation in Afrin and Manbij in northern Syria if the Kurdish People’s Protection Units (YPG) do not withdraw.
” We will take the matter in our own hands until there are no terrorists left. They will see what we’ll do in about a week,” Erdogan said.
“If the terrorists in Afrin don’t surrender we will tear them down,” Erdoğan said.
Speaking at the provincial congress meetings of his ruling Justice and Development (AKP) in the eastern province of Elazığ, Erdoğan said Turkey will clear its border with Iraq of “terrorists,” Hurriyet reported.
The YPG are the Syrian branch of the Turkish Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) who are designated as a terrorist organization by not only Turkey, but also the United States. However, hypocritically, the United States directly supports, arms and funds the YPG. This is a major reason for tensions between Washington and Ankara.
The YPG lead the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) who control large swathes of area in northern Syria along the border with Turkey, including the Afrin Canton and Manbij, the areas in question that Erdoğan.
Erdoğan has continuously said that he will not tolerate the formation of an independent Kurdish state on its border that can threaten to see eastern Turkey separate and join a new Kurdish state.