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Erdogan Claims That Turkish Invasion In Northeastern Syria Would Allow Millions Of Refugees To Return

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Erdogan Claims That Turkish Invasion In Northeastern Syria Would Allow Millions Of Refugees To Return

President of Turkey and Chairman of AK Party Recep Tayyip Erdogan delivers a speech during the meeting of local mayors at ATO Congresium in Ankara, Turkey on September 13, 2017. (Turkish Presidency / Yasin Bulbul / Handout – Anadolu Agency)

A Turkish military operation in northeastern Syria, which is controlled by Kurdish forces, would allow millions of refugees to return to the war-torn country, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan claimed on January 26.

“We are determined to save our region from disaster in cooperation with Russia, Iran, the U.S. and especially with Syrian people,” Erdogan said at the ruling Justice and Development (AK) Party’s presentation of mayoral candidates for the southeastern Gaziantep province, according to the Anadolu Agency.

The Turkish President went on to claim that the Turkish invasion in the northern Syrian cities of Jarabulus, Azaz, al-Bab and Afrin has allowed 300,000 Syrians to return to their homeland.

A day earlier, Erdogan said that the 1998 Adana agreement between Ankara and Damascus justifies a Turkish attack on northeastern Syria. However, Syria slammed Turkey for not respecting the agreement.

“The Turkish regime since 2011 has been violating this agreement through supporting terrorism and financing, training and facilitating passage of terrorists into Syria or through occupying Syrian territories,” a Syrian diplomat told the Syrian Arab News Agency (SANA).

The Anadolu Agency said that Turkey has completed all preparation for a possible military operation in northeastern Syria. The operation will likely begin once all American troops leave the region.

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