Turkey: «We will uproot them» — Erdogan on Afrin Kurdish militias

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan affirmed his determination to «uproot» Kurdish militant groups operating in Afrin, speaking to applause in Ankara on Wednesday. «This operation will continue until every last member of the terrorist organisation who has equipped (the area) with 5,000 trucks and 2,000 aircrafts full of weapons is neutralized,» Erdogan said. He went on to add that... Еще operation Olive Branch is in place to «cleanse Afrin of terrorists,» and that despite incurring casualties, the operation «will continue in a determined way.» The Turkish president also mentioned Turkey's intention to facilitate the return of the Syrian refugee population which currently resides in Turkey. «Our concern is to facilitate the return of 3.5 million Syrians who live in our country to their own land,» he said. 'Olive Branch' began on Saturday and aims to oust Kurdish groups from the northern Syrian region of Afrin, which lies on the border between the two countries. Turkey considers the Kurdish YPG militia, which is active in northern Syria, to be a terrorist organisation and an extension of the banned militant group the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK).

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