Turkey to launch new operations against the YPG in Syrian border: Erdogan

Turkey will address its security concerns in northern Syria with new operations against the YPG group, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan said on June 5.

“We will address security concerns with new operations,” the president said, addressing his ruling Justice and Development Party’s 30th Consultation and Assessment meeting.

The president noted that Turkey has enabled over 500,000 Syrian refugees to return to the safe zones created since the beginning of Turkish cross-border operations against the deepening humanitarian tragedy in Syria.

The government has taken steps to place the Turkish Armed Forces, which was “cleared of FETÖ,” among the most modern armies in the world in every area from personnel recruitment and training to armament, he stated.

Turkey has thus obliterated the “terror corridor sought to be formed along” the country’s southern borders thanks to the Operations Euphrates Shield, Olive Branch, Peace Spring and Spring Shield in Syria, as well as the Operation Claw-Lock into Iraq, he added.

“We meticulously carry out the works that both address the shortcomings in the security line along our southern borders and prepare all our forces, including the navy, army and land forces, for new operations,” he explained.