ANKARA (Reuters) – Two hundred and sixty thousand Syrians have returned to a piece of territory in northern Syria where Turkish forces have carried out Operation “Shield of the Euphrates,” Turkish Defense Minister Hulusi Akar said Thursday.
He added that the Turkish army’s operations in northern Iraq would also continue there until the “terrorist” threat to Turkish territory disappeared.
For a week, the Turkish aviation raids in northern Iraq against the lairs of armed separatists PKK (Workers’ Party of Kurdistan), fighting since 1984 against the Turkish power.
Turkey, home to more than 3.5 million Syrian refugees who fled the war at home, launched Operation Euphrates Shield in 2016 to drive the jihadist elements of the Syrian border from Syria to Syria. Islamic State as well as Syrian Kurdish militia YPG. This operation ended last year.