Erdoğan: Turkey will crush PKK/YPG terrorists if they don't withdraw within 120 hours

 Erdoğan: Turkey will crush PKK/YPG terrorists if they don't withdraw within 120 hours
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  • calendar-gray 19 October 2019

Turkish President Recep Tayip Erdoğan said that Turkey will crush the PKK terror group and its Syrian offshoot the People's Protection Units (YPG) terrorists if they don't withdraw within the agreed 120-hour timeframe from the safe zone area in northern Syria, APA reports citing Daily Sabah.

"We will crush teh heads of the terrorists if they don't withdraw within the 120-hour period," Erdoğan asserted.

Erdoğan also noted that he will discuss with Russia's President Vladimir Putin areas in northern Syria where Syrian regime forces are deployed during his visit to Sochi next week.

"Regime forces are present at some part of Turkey's anti-terror operation zone in northern Syria, I'll discuss this matter with Putin," he said.

However, he warned that Turkey would "implement its own plans" if they cannot reach a solution.

Speaking before Erdoğan, Defense Minister Hulusi Akar said that Turkish troops in northern Syria are ready to continue their operation if a deal with Washington to pause the conflict while YPG terrorists withdraw is not fully implemented.

"We paused the operation for five days. In this time, the terrorists will withdraw from the safe zone, their weapons will be collected and positions destroyed. If this doesn't happen, we will continue the operation," Akar said.

Faig Mahmudov

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