This site uses cookies. By accepting cookies you can optimise your browsing experience. Read more.
02:40

Turkey: Syria offensive will 'destroy terror and establish peace' - Erdogan

Turkey, Ankara
October 09, 2019 at 18:26 GMT +00:00 · Published

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan outlined the objectives of Turkey's military operation in Northern Syria during a phone conversation with Turkish Defence Minister Hulusi Akar in Ankara on Wednesday.

"Our aim is clear; we will destroy the corridor of terror and establish the corridor of peace… We are determined and focused on bringing peace back to the region," Erdogan said.

Erdogan also wished Turkish military forces "great success" in their operations against US-backed Kurdish militia in northern Syria, which Ankara considers 'terrorists'.

The Turkish president also emphasised that his government "has nothing against" Syrian civilians and that he hopes to bring "peace and stability" to the area.

Turkey's 'Operation Peace Spring' began on Wednesday with the aim of creating a 'safe zone' cleared of Kurdish forces after American forces withdrew from the region.

02:40
Pool for subscribers only
No Account? Sign up!
Description

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan outlined the objectives of Turkey's military operation in Northern Syria during a phone conversation with Turkish Defence Minister Hulusi Akar in Ankara on Wednesday.

"Our aim is clear; we will destroy the corridor of terror and establish the corridor of peace… We are determined and focused on bringing peace back to the region," Erdogan said.

Erdogan also wished Turkish military forces "great success" in their operations against US-backed Kurdish militia in northern Syria, which Ankara considers 'terrorists'.

The Turkish president also emphasised that his government "has nothing against" Syrian civilians and that he hopes to bring "peace and stability" to the area.

Turkey's 'Operation Peace Spring' began on Wednesday with the aim of creating a 'safe zone' cleared of Kurdish forces after American forces withdrew from the region.

Video Feed
Providing you with the best in breaking news, politics, science, sports, tech, viral and entertainment content
All latest videos
Japan: Nagano flooded as Chikuma River overflows after Typhoon Hagibis
02:41
Japan: Nagano flooded as Chikuma River overflows after Typhoon Hagibis
October 14 at 06:17 GMT +00:00
France: Turkish team prepare for France clash in Euro 2020 qualifier
01:16
France: Turkish team prepare for France clash in Euro 2020 qualifier
October 14 at 04:17 GMT +00:00
Japan: Drone footage captures flooded Nagano hit by deadly Typhoon Hagibis
01:59
Japan: Drone footage captures flooded Nagano hit by deadly Typhoon Hagibis
October 14 at 04:13 GMT +00:00
Haiti: Anti-government protests turn musical
01:42
Haiti: Anti-government protests turn musical
October 14 at 03:41 GMT +00:00
France: French squad gears up for Turkey clash in Euro 2020 qualifier
01:51
France: French squad gears up for Turkey clash in Euro 2020 qualifier
October 14 at 02:53 GMT +00:00
USA: Pro-Kurdish protesters demand an end to Turkish operation in Syria
02:32
USA: Pro-Kurdish protesters demand an end to Turkish operation in Syria
October 14 at 02:35 GMT +00:00
Ecuador: Anti-govt protests turn Quito streets into battlefield
02:59
Ecuador: Anti-govt protests turn Quito streets into battlefield
October 14 at 01:21 GMT +00:00
Brazil: Thousands demand freedom for jailed ex-president Lula
02:48
Brazil: Thousands demand freedom for jailed ex-president Lula
October 14 at 00:22 GMT +00:00
Serbia: At least 26 poisoned while counting Kosovan parliamentary election votes - reports
02:29
Serbia: At least 26 poisoned while counting Kosovan parliamentary election votes - reports
October 13 at 23:54 GMT +00:00
Tunisia: Kais Saied celebrates presidential win as exit polls point to his victory
02:42
Tunisia: Kais Saied celebrates presidential win as exit polls point to his victory
October 13 at 23:01 GMT +00:00
USA: Latin culture celebrated at New York's Hispanic Day Parade
01:20
USA: Latin culture celebrated at New York's Hispanic Day Parade
October 13 at 22:23 GMT +00:00
Syria: Turkish-backed forces advance into Tel Abyad
03:25
Syria: Turkish-backed forces advance into Tel Abyad
October 13 at 21:58 GMT +00:00
All latest videos