The military operation "Euphrates Shield" implies not only the fight against IS terrorists, but as well the return of the Syrian territories to the people of Syria, the President of Turkey Recep Tayyip Erdogan said at a symposium in Istanbul, according to the AA.
First of all, the President emphasized the fact that the Turkish forces had to enter Syria, to put an end to the continuing loss of civilians, while the United Nations has been dormant.
“We already told that we had run out of patience. Therefore, together with the Syrian Liberation Army [Syrian opposition -. Ed.], we were forced to enter Syria. We do not have any claims to the territory of the neighboring state. We are here to ensure the return of Syrian land to its true owners. We are here for the sake of justice. We entered to put an end to the ongoing Assad terror,” Erdogan said.
The "Euphrates Shield" is a joint military operation carried out by the special operation groups with the Turkish Armed Forces and the Air Forces of the international coalition against ISIL terrorist organization in Syria, which started in the early morning of August, 24. The main objectives of the offensive are to clear the frontier regions from IS terrorists, ramp up the border security, provide support for the territorial integrity in Syria, as well as to prevent the creation of so-called "Kurdish corridor” on the southern border.
Over the recent weeks, as a result of constant bombardment of the eastern Aleppo by the Assad regime and the Russian Aviation, the death toll has reached 613 people. More than 300 thousand civilians in 30 square kilometers of blocked areas, remain the prisoners of the circumstances.