Yildirim says Turkey will respond to any Raqqah threats

Prime minister declares Turkish willingness to react to security concerns as operation to free Raqqah announced

Yildirim says Turkey will respond to any Raqqah threats

World Bulletin / News Desk

Turkey will “give the required response” to any threats to its security arising from the operation to capture Raqqah, Prime Minister Binali Yildirim said Tuesday.

“We will never allow any issue to pose an internal threat to Turkey,” he told a meeting of Justice and Development Party lawmakers in Ankara.

“If we face any… threat to our security from Raqqah or any point in that region, we instantly give the required response.”

Earlier, the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) announced that the operation to retake Raqqah had been launched. The city in eastern Syria has been Daesh’s main stronghold in the country since early 2014.

The SDF is mainly comprised of the PKK/PYD, the Syrian affiliate of the PKK, which has waged war against Turkey for more than three decades and is listed as a terrorist organization by Turkey, the EU and U.S.

While Turkey has also listed the PKK/PYD as a terror group, the U.S. views it as an ally.

Turkey previously suggested using the Syrian militia it supports for the Raqqah operation.

“Turkey’s sensitivity and red lines are clear and they will never change,” Yildirim said.

 

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