Hurriyet Daily News
November 21, 2022
President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has signaled to proceed with Operation Claw-Sword, which was conducted against the…YPG and PKK groups in northern Iraq and northern Syria with a ground incursion.
“There is no question that this operation be limited to only an aerial operation,” Erdoğan told reporters on board his flight from Qatar to Türkiye on Nov. 20.
“How many troops from the Land Forces should be involved here will be decided together by our relevant units, our Defense Ministry and General Staff. We do our consultation, and then we will take our steps accordingly,” he stated.
Türkiye launched Operation Claw-Sword, a cross-border aerial campaign, early on Nov. 20 against the YPG and PKK targets.
Asked if he had consulted with the leaders of the United States and Russia before launching Operation Claw-Sword, Erdoğan said Ankara had no talks with U.S. and Russian leaders on the operation into Iraq and Syria and added that they already know Türkiye can do such things in the region any time.
“First of all, this operation in northern Iraq and northern Syria is not an operation that was carried out with random thought by saying ‘who would say what?’ or ‘how would that happen?’” the president said.
If anyone poses a threat against Türkiye, Ankara will “make them pay the price,” Erdoğan said.
Recalling the 2019 deal with Russia, which envisaged the pull out of YPG forces and their arms 30 kilometers (19 miles) from the Turkish border, Erdoğan said Moscow was not able to fully implement the agreement.
“They had a responsibility to clean up the terrorists in the area. Unfortunately, even though we reminded them many times over and over, they did not do this, they cannot,” the president said.
“We said that we would not remain silent against them and that we would take steps…there if they [Russia] could not do it in any way,” he added.
Within this framework, Türkiye hit 12 targets of the YPG in Kobane on Nov. 20, he stated.
There is no “constraint” for the scope of Operation Claw-Sword, Erdoğan said, adding: “There is continuity in this operation. We did whatever was necessary by land and air. We will do it after that.”
Syrian Arab News Agency
November 21, 2022
Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman Nasser Kanaani affirmed that launching any aggression against Syria , or violating its sovereignty and territorial integrity is a flagrant breaches of international laws, and it is condemnable.
” The silence of international forums and the UN Security Council, along with the failure to show decisive and deterrent reactions are reasons for this continuous aggression on Syrian territory”, Kanani said Monday in a press conference answering a question raised about Israel’s repeated aggressions against Syria, calling on international organizations, the UN and the Security Council to show a serious reaction towards such acts of hostile.
Kanani added that the Syrian people have been the victim of the Zionist aggressions for years “and in this regard we support any action by the Syrian government to defend itself and ensure the security of its people”.