Turkey is set to launch attack on a Kurdish enclave in northern Syria “in the coming days.”
Turkey’s President, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, disclosed this on Sunday saying operation against the Afrin enclave is aimed at “purging terror” from his country’s southern border.
Afrin is controlled by a Kurdish militia known as the YPG, which Turkey views as a terror group and an extension of the Kurdish insurgency raging in its southeast.
Erdogan said the new operation would be an extension of Turkey’s 2016 incursion into northern Syria, which was aimed at combating the Islamic State group and stemming the advance of U.S.-backed Kurdish forces.
Turkish troops are stationed in rebel-held territory on both sides of Afrin.