Spokesman for the Syrian National Army Major Yousef Hammoud said they were ready to join the Turkish army in the upcoming military operation east of the Euphrates River. He pointed out that the operation will target as many as 150 positions of the PYD militia.
“The operation will be similar to Operation Olive Branch. The National Syrian Army is gearing up for the battle. All units of the Syrian National Army will participate in the operation,” Hamoud told local media outlets on Wednesday.
Hamoud pointed out the that the operation would target around 150 PYD positions in and around the towns of Manbij and Tal Abyad. “All kinds of weapons will be used in the offensive which will be backed by the Turkish air force. He noted that the operation will be divided into several phases.”
Hamoud stressed that the operation is not aimed at civilians but terrorist organizations. “The Syrian National Army will be keen on protecting civilians and their property as it will root out the strife that the PYD militias have caused among components of the people of Al-Jazeera area of Syria.”
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Wednesday said that Turkey will start an operation against the PYD militia east of the Euphrates River in northern Syria in a “few days.”
“We have completed the necessary preparations while we were issuing warnings with regards to the areas east of the Euphrates,” President Erdogan said in a speech at the Turkish Defense Industry Summit held in Ankara.
“There is talk about a continued activity by ISIS in an area of 150 square kilometers. If that’s all, we are ready to neutralize the ISIS elements immediately,” President Erdogan said. (Source Syrian Coalition’s Media Department)