President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Turkey would take necessary steps in Syria, if promises given by the US are not kept and almost all preparations have been completed for an operation in Syria.
Today marks the one year anniversary of Turkey's Operation Olive Branch aimed to clear terrorists affiliated with the PKK from the Afrin region.
The bomb was reportedly planted on a public bus and injured nine others in northern Syria.
Healthcare services in Syria’s Afrin has improved since Turkey established medical clinics in several rural areas to provide free medical services for locals.
Defence Minister Hulusi Akar says Ankara carried 147 major counter-terrorism operations, and air strikes destroyed 922 targets including arms depots and shelters used by terrorists.
The Turkish army has been deploying troops and military equipment for weeks as preparations for a major anti-terror operation in Syria.
President of Syrian Turkmen Assembly says that liberation of Manbij and the east of Euphrates River will be answer for "YPG terrorists who abuse Arab, Turkmen, and Kurdish minorities in northern Syria."
Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan says Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu is "conducting state terrorism", following Netanyahu's attack on Erdogan in a tweet.
Turkish Interior Minister Suleyman Soylu says successful cross-border campaigns Euphrates Shield and Olive Branch paved way for repatriation of Syrian refugees from Turkey.
President Erdogan said despite the temporary delay, Turkey reserves the right to move against terrorists in northern Syria. The president said the delay should give the US time to follow through after Trump said he was pulling US troops from Syria.
The anti-terror operation to the east of the Euphrates River follows two successful cross-border Turkish operations into Syria. Both were meant to eradicate the presence of YPG/PKK and Daesh terrorists near Turkey’s borders.
The US attempt to focus on a single goal in Syria, namely Daesh, has served as fuel for other conflicts in the region and compromised Turkey's internal security.
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