On November 27, Turkey and Libya’s Tripoli-based Government of National Accord signed a bilateral memorandum, enabling Ankara to secure its rights in the Mediterranean.
Turkish Defence Minister Hulusi Akar said Turkey would have to look for alternatives if it could not acquire US F-35 jets over the purchase of the advanced Russian S-400 air-defence system.
The Russian-made defence hardware will be activated after relevant military personnel are trained, says Turkish defence minister.
A total of 18 Assad regime army members were captured during search activities southeast of Ras al Ayn, north Syria, in the area of Turkey’s Operation Peace Spring.
Turkey also reiterated its call on the US to stop providing aid for PKK/YPG/PYD terror group, especially arms and ammunition support, the ministry’s said.
"We made our preparations. When necessary, we can take matters into our own hands," Hulusi Akar says.
Defence Minister Hulusi Akar announces the date of joint land patrols in northeastern Syria, a region mainly controlled by the PKK terror group's Syria affiliate, the YPG.
The air strikes and artillery shelling targeted the village of Basqala and nearby places, according to the Syrian Civil Defence rescue group, also known as White Helmets.
Turkish land troops are expected to enter east of the Euphrates River very soon, said President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, adding, "I hope no one will try to test Turkey's determination to clear its Syrian borders of terrorists."
The move comes after the defence chiefs of Turkey and the US agreed to launch the first phase of a safe zone plan in northern Syria on Wednesday.
Turkey’s National Defence Ministry underlines that efforts were underway towards the establishment of Joint Operations Center and operation "as soon as possible".
Turkey has alternate plans if the agreement with the US to set up a safe zone in northern Syria does not work, Turkish defence minister says. The two countries agreed to set up a peace corridor in Syria to facilitate displaced people.
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