BEIRUT, LEBANON (9:20 A.M.) – Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said on Sunday that he will not allow an “anti-terrorist corridor” to be created in northern Syria.
“We [Turkey] will not allow creating an antiterrorist corridor in northern Syria directed against our country,” the Turkish president said in İskenderun (var. Alexandretta).
“We will create a safe zone, and our Syrian brothers will return home,” he continued.
“We will clear the entire southern border [of Turkey] from terrorists [i.e. the Kurdish self-defense forces], starting from Manbij [town in northern Syria], just as we did in Afrin [town in northern Syria],” he added.
Erdogan has repeatedly warned the U.S. and their allies about forming a safe zone in northern Syria because it would block a Turkish military operation against the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) and People’s Protection Units (YPG).
The Turkish President wants to expel both the YPG and SDF from the eastern region of the Euphrates River Valley; however, the presence of the U.S. military in this region has blocked the Turkish armed forces from carrying out this operation.