Oct 09, 2019 12:14 UTC
  • Turkey determined to invade northern Syria regardless of possible costs: VP

Turkey says it is willing to press ahead with its planned invasion of northern Syria regardless of the possible consequences, dismissing growing international calls to halt the imminent military operation.

The Turkish parliament on Tuesday extended the government's mandate to launch "anti-terror" operations in neighboring Iraq and Syria, effectively green-lighting President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's plan to launch a vast incursion in northern Syria.

Erdogan said Saturday that the new plan is necessary to purge the People's Protection Units (YPG) from the region in order to create a safe zone that Ankara says will be later on turned into cities and villages for millions of refugees.

 The Kurdish militant group is the backbone of the so-called Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF).

The SDF maintains close ties to the US but Ankara regards the YPG as the military wing of Turkey’s homegrown Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK), which has been fighting for autonomy since mid-1980s.

“Turkey will not accept a terror corridor or terror state right next to its borders under any circumstances, whatever the cost,” Turkish Vice President, Fuat Oktay, said late Tuesday.

He noted that Ankara won't back out of its national security plans and could never be "controlled by threats."