Turkey to solve Syria issue on the field after polls: Erdoğan
"We will definitely solve Syria issue on the field, if possible, and not on the table, as the first work after elections," Recep Tayyip Erdoğan said in an election rally in Istanbul.
Erdoğan said that those who wish to close Turkey's southern borders with a terror corridor will never find a chance to do that.
“We have taught the necessary lesson to those who tried to do that and we will do the same to them in the future,” he added.
Turkey has, several times, stressed that it will not “allow the formation of a terrorist corridor along its southern border with Syria,” and towards that end has promised an operation east of the Euphrates in Syria, against the YPG- the Syrian offshoot of the illegal PKK. PKK is listed as a terrorist organization by Turkey, the U.S. and the EU.
The expected operation would follow up on two other Turkish operations in Syria since 2016, Operation Euphrates Shield and Operation Olive Branch.