Turkish minister: "Objective in Syria is to prevent the establishment of a Kurdish administration"
In a rare admission of Ankara's objective in north Syria, the Turkish Minister of Family and Social Services said on Sunday that the objective is to prevent the establishment of a Kurdish administration in the region.
Chatting with shopkeepers in her visit to Turkey's southern province of Adana, minister Derya Yanik responded to complaints about the high number of Syrian refugees in a neighborhood.
Aile,Çalışma ve Sosyal Hizmetler Bakanı Derya Yanık:— Optimal Analiz (@Optimal_Analiz) August 8, 2022
Suriye'nin kuzeyinde bir Kürt devleti kurmaya çalışıyolar, bizde kurdurmamaya çalışıyoruz.
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She explained why so many refugees have been admitted into Turkey and what the true objective of the Turkish administration in north Syria is, saying:
"They are trying to establish a Kurdish administration in north Syria, and we are trying to prevent it. So much troops were nor martyred for just nothing. And neither have we admitted so many people into Turkey for just nothing."
Objective of FSA, to fight against Kurds
While she continued to explain, she did not only divulge the objective of the Turkish military, but also of the "Free Syrian Army" (FSA) that allegedly carries out an armed struggle against the Syrian administration.
"In north Syria, the Turkish armed Forces, on the one hand, and the Free Syrian Army, on the other, are fighting to prevent the establishment of a Kurdish administration," Yanik stressed.
"The establishment of a Kurdish administration in that region means the entire southeastern region of Turkey to be split away, like it's been sliced by a blade. The opposition insistently turn a blind eye on the plan to establish a Kurdish administration in north Syria; a plan to establish a terrorist Kurdish administration. They ask why we are looking after them [the refugees]. Well, there is a plan behind it if we are doing so."
Turkish officials have repeatedly stated that the incursions into north Syria that resulted in the occupation of large territories were carried out to combat terror groups.
While the Turkish administration has not yet had the opportunity to implement its recent plan to launch a fresh military campaign in the face of objections by the US and Russia, it continues to conduct airstrikes and artillery attacks in areas under the control of the Autonomous Administration of North and East Syria (AANES).