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Erdogan says Turkish-led forces will move operations to jihadist-held Idlib after defeating the Kurdish YPG in Afrin

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January 8, 2018 – Fort Russ News – Paul Antonopoulos

ANKARA, Turkey – Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has said that his country’s Syria operation will move to jihadist-held Idlib after defeating Kurdish forces in Afrin. 

“We want our Syrian brothers and sisters to return to their land, and now we want to do the same in Idlib what we have done in Afrin,” Erdogan said.

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It is still unclear what Erdogan wants to do in Idlib, especially considering it has many allies in the northwest province.

The most dominant group in Idlib is the Al-Qaeda affiliated Al-Nusra Front.

Previously, Erdogan said that after the Afrin operation, he will then concentrate on removing the Kurdish People’s Protection Units (YPG) from Manbij. It is unclear from his statement whether this is still the intended goal.

However, it appears unlikely that operations in Manbij or Idlib will be any time soon as the Turkish-led “Olive Branch Operation” against the YPG approaches its third week. Turkish-led forces are yet to make any significant advancements against the YPG, and are beginning to sustain a significant amount of casualties. Details of this can be read here.

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