Recep Tayyip Erdogan said he wants to “eradicate the Kurds” and that Turkey will soon launch a ground operation in Syria

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The president vowed to use tanks, artillery and soldiers to support his air offensive against armed groups defending the independence of Kurdistan

Turkish President Says He Will Soon Launch Ground Operation In Syria

President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Tuesday that Turkey will “soon” launch a ground operation in Syria against Kurdish militants after the airstrikes.

We have been on top of the terrorists for a few days with our planes, guns and drones,” Erdogan said in a televised speech. “God willing, soon we will eradicate them all with our tanks, artillery and soldiers”.

This Tuesday, at least two Kurdish troops were killed by the bombing of a Turkish drone against a joint base of these forces and the international anti-jihadist coalition led by the United States in the province of Al Hasaka, in eastern Turkey. Syria.

The spokesman for the predominantly Kurdish armed group People's Protection Units (YPG), Siyamend Ali, said on his Twitter account that a drone belonging to Turkey attacked a base where international troops are also deployed. b> who fight against the Islamic State (IS). The action killed two members of the Kurdish Anti-Terrorist Units, Ali said.

According to the Central Command of the US army, its forces were “not in danger” during the attack , whose closest point was some 20-30 kilometers from US troops.

And on Sunday, Turkey launched Operation Claw-Sword, attacking Kurdish militant targets in northern Iraq and Syria, following a deadly attack in Istanbul.

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Turkish Defense Minister visits Ground Operations Center in Ankara (via Reuters)

The government has blamed the November 13 attack on the banned Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK), a group terrorist attack by Turkey and its Western allies.

The United States urged de-escalation late on Monday and Russia said on Tuesday that it expected Turkey to exercise “restraint” and refrain from “excessive use of force” in Syria.

Erdogan said his government knew “who protects, arms and encourages these terrorists,” in a veiled reference to Washington, which relied heavily on Syrian Kurdish forces in the fight against the group Islamic State. He assured that Turkey was quite patient, “not because it was desperate”, but because it was loyal to diplomacy.

“The road has come to an end for those who think they can make Turkey wait by playing with letters and changing the name of the terrorist organization,” Erdogan said.

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Destruction after Turkish airstrike in Syria (Reuters)

Turkey views Syrian Kurdish militants as a terrorist group linked to the PKK. “After this moment, there is only one measure for us, there is only one limit: it is the security of our own country, of our own citizens,” Erdogan said.

Ankara pointed to a Syrian woman as the main suspect in the attack that on November 13 caused six deaths and 81 injuries in Istanbul, and assured that she had been trained by the YPG, considered terrorists by the Turkish authorities.

Syrian Kurdish forces denied any connection to the explosion and accused Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan of seeking an excuse to attack northern Syria in order to win support ahead of the elections to be held in his country on next year.

(With information from AFP and EFE)

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