Turkey’s President Erdogan says new offensive into Syria to stay on agenda

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A new Turkish offensive against the Kurdish YPG in Syria will remain on Turkey’s agenda until its security concerns are addressed, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said, according to a text shared by the presidency, after talks with Iran and Russia’s leaders.

Erdogan, who announced earlier this year that Turkey would launch a new offensive in northern Syria against the YPG, held talks on Syria with his Russian and Iranian counterparts in Tehran on Tuesday.

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Speaking to reporters on his return flight, Erdogan said the three countries were united in counter-terrorism despite having different views on some Syria-related issues, adding he believes all three think alike regarding the YPG, which Ankara considers a terrorist organization.

Erdogan accused the YPG, a key US ally in fighting ISIS in Syria, of “draining” Syrian petrol and later selling it to the government of President Bashar al-Assad.

He also said the United States must withdraw from the east of the Euphrates river and halt its support for terrorist groups.

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