Turkey may start a new military operation in Syria at any moment, President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan said on Monday, adding that US President Donald Trump had given a positive response to Turkey’s plans for an operation east of the Euphrates, Reuters reported.
Erdoğan made the comments during a speech in the central province of Konya. Last week he said Turkish forces would launch a new cross-border operation against the Syrian Kurdish People’s Protection Units (YPG) militia, considered a terrorist organization by Ankara, to the east of the Euphrates River in northern Syria.
Turkey with Free Syrian Army (FSA) factions previously launched two military offensives, named Euphrates Shield and Olive Branch, in northern Syria targeting YPG units and took control of some of the Syrian cities from the Kurdish militia.
Erdoğan had a phone call with Trump on Friday.