ERBIL — The President of Turkey, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, on Thursday vowed to extend the war from Afrin to Idlib in northwestern Syria.
"We will continue fighting terrorism, even despite the [Western] calls to stop the operation in Afrin. After we defeat the terrorists in Afrin, we will defeat them in Idlib too,” Erdogan said, referring to the US-backed Syrian Kurdish People’s Protection Units (YPG) which Ankara views as a Syrian offshoot of the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK).
The Turkish president claimed that the operation in northern Syria intends to secure the Turkish southern border strip and help the return of refugees to their areas.
Turkey has launched a large-scale military operation, dubbed “Olive Branch Operation”, in Afrin since 20th January. The offensive has caused huge backlash from the West.
France previously called on Turkey to end the operation and avoid “adding war to war”.