Turkey is planning three cross-border military operations into Iraq and Syria as a follow-up to the Euphrates Shield Operation, a pro-government newspaper has claimed.
The headline of the Yeni Safak daily on Thursday read, “Turkey to hit button” and said the Turkish government was going to initiate an operation into Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) bases in the Zap-Avashin and Shingal areas of the Kurdistan Region in northern Iraq.
According to the pro-government paper, another operation will be launched into the Karakozak area in northern Syria, where the Suleyman Shah tomb was formerly located. Karakozak is to the west of Manbij and controlled by the US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF). Ankara views the SDF as a “terrorist” organisation due to it being led by the Kurdish People’s Protection Units (YPG), which it says is affiliated to the PKK.