The Turkish Ministry of National Defense has vowed that it would continue its fights against Kurdish forces in northeastern Syria.
In a statement released on July 8, the ministry stressed that the Turkish military would not allow the People’s Protection Units and the Kurdistan Workers’ Party to establish a “terror corridor” in the region.
“Our fight against terrorism will continue resolutely until the security of our people and borders, as well as the peace and safety of our Syrian brothers, are ensured,” the ministry’s statement, that was shared on Twitter, reads.
In October last year, the Turkish military and its proxies launched “Operation Peace Spring” in northeastern Syria. Within a few weeks, a large strip of land between al-Hasakah and Raqqa was captured from the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF).
The fighting came to an end when Ankara had reached two agreements on northeastern Syria with Russia and the U.S. The SDF was forced to withdrew 30 km away from Turkey’s border.
Recent reports claimed that Turkey was now planning to launch a new military operation in the northeast. This time the target will supposedly be the towns of Kobane in the northeastern Aleppo and Ain Issa in northern Raqqa.
The Syrian Arab Army, which maintains a fairly large presence in the northeastern region, recently sent large reinforcements to Ain Issa . The army may be planning to support the SDF in the face of any new Turkish attack.
A new Turkish military operation in northeastern Syria will be a violation of the agreements with Russia and the U.S. However, Ankara has repeatedly proved that it was ready to take risks to expand its influence in Syria.