ANKARA, Amid Turkey’s imminent military operation into northern Syria, Ankara is urging the international community to assist its efforts to stabilize the conflict-hit region.
In an interview in The US Washington Post, Turkish Communications Director Fahrettin Altun said the US has borne the brunt of the anti-Daesh the so-called Islamic State (IS) campaign for a long while.
“Turkey, which has NATO’s second-largest army, is willing and able to take the lead now and drive it home, bringing millions of refugees back to Syria in the process,” Altun wrote.
“At this critical juncture, the international community must rally behind Turkey’s rebuilding and stabilization efforts,” he added.
Since 2016, Turkey’s Euphrates Shield and Olive Branch operations in northwestern Syria have liberated the region from YPG/PKK and Daesh terrorists, making it possible for Syrians who fled the violence to return home.
Turkey has long decried the threat from terrorists east of the Euphrates in northern Syria, pledging military action to prevent the formation of a “terrorist corridor” there.
Altun said Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and his US counterpart Donald Trump agreed to transfer the leadership of the anti-Daesh campaign to Ankara.
“The Turkish military, together with the Free Syrian Army, will cross the Turkish-Syrian border shortly,” he said.
Turkey has long called for the US to collaborate with it in the fight against the so-called Islamic State (IS), or as known as Daesh, a terrorist group Ankara has worked to root out, arresting and deporting its members within Turkey.
Source: Kuwait News Agency