Reports in Ankara about negotiations with Damascus to return 1.5 million refugees
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has threatened to expand military operations in northern Syria to cut off the “terror corridor”, in reference to the Kurdish People’s Protection Units, the main component of the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF).
Erdogan said that his country would not be satisfied with bombing SDF positions in response to its attacks against residential areas and Turkish forces in the countryside of Aleppo, northern Syria. Commenting on the “claw-lock” operation against the PKK in northern Iraq, he added: “The more our forces tighten the noose around the terrorist organization (PKK) there, the organization will intensify its attacks on the areas that Turkey protects on the Syrian side.” .
He added, after the cabinet meeting in Ankara on Monday-Tuesday night, that the recent SDF attacks led to the killing of a Turkish policeman from the Special Operations Forces, stressing that Turkey “has the strength, will and firmness necessary to ensure its own security, and will not allow the establishment of a terrorist corridor on its southern borders.” .
On the other hand, the newspaper “Turkey” revealed that there are negotiations with Damascus to return one and a half million Syrian refugees to their country within 15 to 20 months, by making the areas of Turkish military operations in northern Syria suitable in terms of living and economic terms.