“We will not limit ourselves to air”: Erdogan threatened a ground military operation in Syria (photo)

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Ankara launched a military operation “Claw-sword” against the PKK. Recep Tayyip Erdogan is confident that Kurdish bases are being used to prepare terrorist attacks in Turkey.

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Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has threatened to launch a ground operation in Syria after Ankara's airstrikes on Kurdish positions and a retaliatory missile strike on Turkey. This was reported by the AFP agency.

“There is no doubt that this operation will be limited to an air operation only,” Erdogan told reporters on his way back to Turkey from Qatar after attending the opening ceremony of the World Cup.

The Turkish Ministry of Defense and the Chief of Staff will decide together what level of force should be used, he continued.

“We have already warned that we will make those who violate our territory pay,” Erdogan noted.Ankara said the Kurdish bases are being used for terrorist attacks in Turkey. According to the Turkish president, 70 aircraft and drones flew 140 kilometers into northern Iraq and 20 kilometers into northern Syria and carried out airstrikes over the weekend.

Recep Tayyip Erdogan said he had no prior discussions with either US President Joe Biden, nor with Russian President Vladimir Putin over a ground operation.

“Defusing these terrorist organizations, destroying them is the inalienable duty of our security forces. This will not be limited to an air campaign,” Erdogan said .

Turkey's “Claw-sword” operation against the Kurdistan Workers' Party

Recep Tayyip Erdogan, after the G20 summit in Indonesia, ordered the launch of the “Claw-sword” operation against the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK), which Ankara considers a terrorist organization.

Military operations are being carried out in northern Syria and Iraq.

Turkish National Defense Minister Hulusi Akar is in charge of this air force operation, which is aimed at eliminating the terrorist threat. Turkey, according to the authorities, seeks to prevent terrorist attacks on the territory of the country and ensure the security of the borders.

Erdogan linked the start of a military operation in northern Syria with Russia's failure to fulfill a number of obligations to eliminate terrorists under the 2019 agreement in Sochi , writes the Daily Sabah.

The agreement provided for the assistance of the Russian military police and the Syrian border service in the withdrawal of Kurdish self-defense units from the border with Turkey.

“They were obliged to clear the territory of terrorists. Despite the fact that we reminded them many times of this, they did not. We said that we would not be silent and would take measures against terrorists,” the Turkish head said.

Note that the start of Ankara's operation preceded by a terrorist attack in the center of Istanbul. The explosion killed 6 people and injured more than 80.

After that, the Turkish city of Karkamysh was fired with missiles from Syria – members of the Kurdistan Workers' Party and the People's Self-Defense Forces fired 5 shells.