Erdogan vows to crush Kurdish militia in Syria's Afrin

Anadolu Agency Turkish forces hit PKK  PYD in northern Syria

Turkish Armed Forces fired at least 36 times during the artillery bombardment in Afrin's Bosoufane, Cindirese, Deir Bellout and Rajo districts.

Erdogan said this military intervention had prevented the Kurdish forces from creating a "terror corridor" and promised to crush any new Kurdish insurgencies.

The two countries have also fallen out over the US's refusal to extradite US-based cleric Fethullah Gulen, who Turkey holds responsible for the 2016 coup attempt, and United States military support for Kurdish rebels in Syria which Ankara considers a terrorist group.

The minister added that the European Union should not consider Turkey as a refugee camp or as military headquarters, the cooperation with which is possible only on the migration issue or on the fight against terrorism.

Erdogan said that conflict was far from settled.

Ankara fears these territories could be used as a base for fighters in the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) to attack troops in Turkey.

"With the Euphrates Shield operation we cut the terror corridor right in the middle".


"In Manbij, if they break the promises, we will take the matter in our own hands until there are no terrorists left".

As Turkish Daily Sabah writes in the article Turkey issues travel warning for United States, cites increase in terror attacks, "an apparent increase in terror attacks and violent incidents in the USA has been seen recently. With the İdlib operation, we are collapsing the western wing", Erdogan said, referring to Afrin.

Tensions have also increased between Turkey and the USA over Washington's support for the Syrian Democratic Forces.

Turkey was a major supporter of rebels fighting to overthrow Syria's President Bashar al-Assad, but is alarmed by the strength of Kurdish forces - which Ankara says are linked to Kurdish militants fighting in southeast Turkey.

The PKK/PYD is the Syrian offshoot of the PKK, which is listed as a terrorist organization by Turkey, the USA and EU.

Speaking to reporters after Friday prayers, Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yıldırım said the reciprocal travel warnings did not help the strained ties between Ankara and Washington. "We know they sent 2,000 planes full of weapons".

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