The offensive "Shield of the Euphrates", carried out in the Northern Syria and targeting the ISIL and Kurdish terrorists is a response to a serious threat formed up on the border with Turkey, said Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yildirim on air of Habertürk TV, Show TV and Bloomberg HT as cited by Anadolu.
- We will not allow the terrorists to occupy the lands and maintain the status quo. Syrian opposition gained control over Jarabulus and started controlling the surrounding villages. The whole area, including Jarabulus, must be cleaned of terrorists, said Yildirim.
According to the Prime Minister, Ankara has launched an offensive in Syria in order to fight against ISIL terrorists and other terrorist structures, help preserve the territorial integrity of Syria, based on the peaceful coexistence of all ethnic groups: Kurds, Arabs and others.
- This objective is our priority, and we do everything to achieve it, said Yildirim, stressing that Ankara has no territorial claims against Syria.
He went on to say that the offensive has been launched at this time since the situation on Turkey's borders has deteriorated significantly.
Yildirim also drew attention to the agreements with Washington on the operations in Northern Syria saying the US promised Ankara that Kurdish terrorists will return to the east of the Euphrates River.
- The terrorists in Myunbiche should also move to the eastern bank of the river. It is the US obligation and guarantee for Turkey. Our operations will continue until the agreements are implemented. We must be sure that nothing threatens our country, said Yildirim.
Supported by the US-led international coalition, the Turkish special forces, tanks and air planes launched Wednesday the first coordinated offensive in Syria with a view to oust "Islamic state" terrorists from the border and prevent further advancement of Kurdish terrorists.
On Monday, the NATO member Turkey has promised to completely clear their border areas from the "Islamic state".
The offensive “Shield of the Euphrates", named after the river flowing nearby, has become the first major military offensive in Turkey following a failed coup attempt.