Turkish Defense Minister: We Must Remain in Syria Until the Threats End

Nurettin Canikli defends his country's incursion into Idleb province as suspicions arise about the true aims of the operation

Turkish Defense Minister Nurettin Canikli said that Turkey must stay in Syria “until the threats against us end.”

Speaking at a conference in the Georgian coastal city of Batumi, Canikli justified the role of the Turkish army in the Syrian province of Idleb, saying that his country’s forces were “mobilizing in Idleb with the Free Syrian Army," adding that Ankara is supporting Syrians who are defending themselves and their land.

“The presence of Turkish forces in Idleb will end when the threats against Turkey from the Syrian side end,” he added.

Meanwhile, the Turkish army announced that it had begun reconnaissance activities on Sunday to establish observation points in an effort reduce tensions in the northwestern Syrian province.

This article was translated and edited by The Syrian Observer. Responsibility for the information and views set out in this article lies entirely with the author.


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