Turkish Defense Ministry: Peace Spring Operation is complete

Turkish Defense Ministry:  Peace Spring Operation is complete
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Following a negotiated settlement in Sochi earlier on Tuesday, the Turkey Defense Ministry has announced that Operation Peace Spring is complete, APA reports citing Sputnik.

"At this stage, there is no need to carry out a new operation," the Turkish Defense Ministry said in a statement early Wednesday morning. Although a five-day ceasefire brokered with the US to permit Kurdish forces to withdraw from the operation zone had just expired, the office of Defense Minister noted the withdrawal was complete.

On Tuesday, Erdogan had stated that "The promises given [by the US] were not fulfilled entirely. We will accept the results, take necessary steps. If we compromise, we will pave the way for terrorist organizations." He promised to re-launch the offensive "even more strongly" if Washington should "break its promises" under the deal.

"Good news seems to be happening with respect to Turkey, Syria and the Middle East," US President Donald Trump tweeted, just moments after the Turkish Defense Ministry's statement. "Further reports to come later!"

Faig Mahmudov

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