Pts. Eki 14th, 2019

Turkey denies targeting US post in northern Syria

By Duygu Yener

ANKARA (AA) – Turkey’s National Defense Ministry on Friday rejected claims that the Turkish army targeted a U.S. observation post east of the Euphrates in northern Syria amid its counter-terror operation.

“It is out of the question that any fire targeted the U.S.’s observation post,” the ministry said in a written statement.

Stating that every kind of measure was being taken in order not to harm the U.S. base, it said “fire was halted as a precautionary measure when the U.S. conveyed its concerns.”

"It is out of the question to target any U.S. and coalition forces,” it stressed.

Turkey launched Operation Peace Spring in northern Syria on Wednesday to secure its borders by eliminating terrorists there and to ensure the safe return of Syrian refugees and Syria’s territorial integrity.

Ankara wants to clear the region east of the Euphrates River of the terrorist PKK and its Syrian offshoot, the PYD/YPG.

In its more than 30-year terror campaign against Turkey, the PKK — listed as a terrorist organization by Turkey, the U.S. and the European Union — has been responsible for the deaths of 40,000 people, including women, children and infants.

Erdoğan: "(Barış Pınarı) Harekatımızı sonuna kadar götürmekte kararlıyız. Başladığımız işi bitireceğiz. Bir kere yükselen bayrak bir daha inmez."

Cumhurbaşkanı Erdoğan: "Türkiye Barış Pınarı Harekatı'yla en az 1974 Kıbrıs Barış Harekatı kadar hayati önemde bir adım atmıştır."

Cumhurbaşkanı Erdoğan: "Sadece terör örgütünün bir sözde siyasi organizması var, onun haricinde şu anda milletimiz yekvücut halinde."

Erdoğan: "(Barış Pınarı Harekatı) 700'ü aşkın havan topu bizim ülkemize, ilçelerimize atıldı. 18 şehidimiz, 200'e yakın yaralımız var."

Erdoğan: "Terör örgütlerine ve onların yularını elinde tutan şer odaklarına rağmen, terörü kaynağında yok etme irademizi asla sekteye uğratmadık."