Erdogan: Russia and US know we do what we want, where we want

Greater Middle East (, - Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has signaled a ground operation in northern Iraq and northern Syria to eliminate the terrorist threat. It is reported by Anadolu on November 21.

“Firstly, this operation in northern Iraq and northern Syria is not an operation that was carried out at random, saying “who says what?” or “how could this happen… As we have already said, if someone disturbs our country and lands, we will make them pay the price. So, in our south there are terrorist organizations that are planning a lot of terrorist attacks or carrying out such attacks and pose a threat (to Turkey),” Erdogan told reporters.

Erdogan's statements came after Turkey launched Operation Sword Claw, a cross-border air campaign against YPG/PKK Kurdish forces that have bases in Iraq and Syria.

“This is not limited to just the air operation,” Erdogan stressed, adding that the relevant units will hold their consultations and take appropriate steps.

The Turkish air operation follows last Sunday's terrorist attack on Istanbul's crowded Istiklal Avenue, which killed at least six people and wounded 81 others. The Turkish Ministry of Defense stated that the air operation "Claw-sword" against Kurdish formations in northern Syria and Iraq was carried out in accordance with the right to self-defense under the UN Charter (Article 51).

Erdogan said about 70 aircraft, including drones, took part in the operation, adding that a total of 89 targets were destroyed, including shelters, bunkers, caves, tunnels and ammunition depots. “So far, 45 terrorist targets have been hit at a depth of about 140 km in northern Iraq and 44 targets at a depth of about 20 km in Syria,” the Turkish leader added.

Asked if Turkey has talked about the operation with Russia and the US, Erdogan said: “We have not had any conversations with (US President Joe) Biden or (Russian President Vladimir) Putin regarding this operation. However, both Biden and Putin already know that we can do such things in this region at any time.”

Erdogan recalled the deal concluded in Sochi between Turkey and Russia on the withdrawal of YPG / PKK forces from the north-east of Syria, bordering Turkey.

“They (Russia) were obliged to clear the territory of terrorists. Unfortunately, despite the fact that we reminded them many times of this, they did not do it ... We said that we would not be silent against this, and that we would take action against the terrorists there if they could not do it, ”said Erdogan.

Erdogan also said that Turkey is with the US in NATO, noting, however, that Washington has unfortunately sent thousands of pieces of equipment, ammunition and weapons to the Kurds in Syria. During talks with Biden in Indonesia, Erdogan said: “I told him, 'We are with you in NATO, we are two important allies. Since such a threat came to us from the south, you are creating problems for us by supporting terrorist organizations here. Of course, we cannot live with these problems. When necessary, we will have to give them the necessary answer ... Of course, they cannot say anything. We have done what is necessary at the moment, we are doing and will continue to do.”

As reported in the Turkish Ministry of Defense, "the hour of reckoning has come." Turkish strike UAVs and F-16s are actively bombing Kurdish forces, primarily the Kurdistan Workers' Party, recognized as a terrorist organization in Turkey, around the entire perimeter. Aircraft of the Turkish Air Force also attacked the positions of Kurdish fighters in the village of Sheikh Issa, located in the north-west of the Syrian province of Aleppo. According to SDF spokesman Farhad Shami, Turkey also attacked the city of Kobani, which is under the control of the Kurdish formations of the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF).

It is worth noting that the Republic of Turkey is currently pursuing a dynamic and aggressive, sometimes aggressive foreign policy, the purpose of which is to strengthen its own regional and global role. Turkologist Alina Sbitneva told about Turkey's policy in the field of combating terrorism, as well as about the state of the Kurdish issue in the country.

Erdogan: Russia and US know we do what we want, where we want