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Erdogan plans ground operation in Syria after Ankara attack

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In the aftermath of a series of air raids against Kurdish positions in Syria and northern Iraq, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said on Monday 21 November that he was now considering a “land operation”.

“There is no question that this operation is only limited to an air operation”declared the Head of State to the Turkish journalists who accompanied him on his return from Qatar, where he attended the opening of the Football World Cup.

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The series of air raids which killed around 30 people on Sunday in Syria were launched in retaliation for the attack which killed six people on November 13 in Istanbul, attributed by Ankara to the “terrorists” Kurds.

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“The competent units, our Ministry of Defense and our general staff will decide together on the power that must be committed by our ground forces”indicated the president, mentioning “consultation” In progress. “We have already warned: we will make those who disturb us on our territory pay”he reiterated.

Operation “Sword Claw”

Sunday evening and Monday morning, rocket fire from Syria hit the Turkish border and territory, killing a total of three people and wounding nearly fifteen.

Operation “Sword Claw”, launched on Sunday by Turkey against the Kurdistan Workers’ Party and the People’s Defense Units (YPG), “was carried out by 70 planes and drones”detailed the president: “They sank 140 km into northern Iraq and 20 km into northern Syria. »

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Recep Tayyip Erdogan also assured not to have had “no discussion” with US President Joe Biden or his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin about the operation.

The United States supports the YPG in northeastern Syria against the jihadists of the Islamic State group and Russia supports pro-regime militias in the same region.

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