Turkey to launch military operations in Syria

Turkey vows to 'tear down' YPG forces opens artillery fire on Syria's Afrin

Turkey vows to 'tear down' YPG forces opens artillery fire on Syria's Afrin

President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Saturday called on PKK/PYD terrorists in the Afrin district of Syria's Aleppo province to surrender as Turkish artillery units pounded their positions.

Speaking at the provincial congress meetings of his ruling Justice and Development (AKP) in the eastern province of Elazığ, Erdoğan said that Turkey would conduct military operations in Syria's Afrin if the Peoples' Protection Units (YPG) militants do not withdraw, adding that Turkey was disappointed with the United States for not keeping its promises.

Erdogan said that any venture in the region "has no chance of success" if Turkey has no consent in it, referring to the PYD/PKK terror group's effort to settle in Syria's northern regions along the Turkish border.

Speaking in the eastern province of Elazig, Erdogan threatened the USA -backed YPG, saying Turkey would interfere "if the terrorists in Afrin do not surrender", Xinhua reported.

Meanwhile, the Turkish army staged at least 36 mortar attacks on the Jandairis, Basufan, and Rajo districts of Afrin, as it deployed more tanks in the Hatay Province on the border.

During peace talks in the Kazakh capital Astana in September a year ago, the three guarantor countries, Turkey, Iran and Russian Federation, agreed to establish de-escalation zones in Idlib and in parts of the Aleppo, Latakia and Hama provinces.

He went on harshly attacking the United States for militarily supporting the main Kurdish armed faction, the People's Protection Units (YPG), during the fight against IS, adding Ankara could not maintain an alliance with its North Atlantic Treaty Organisation partner Washington.

The PKK/PYD is the Syrian offshoot of the PKK, which is listed as a terrorist organization by Turkey, the US and EU. Since then, it has been responsible for the deaths of approximately 1,200 security personnel and civilians, according to an official tally.