By Rufiz Hafizoglu – Trend:
The ‘Shield of the Euphrates’ operation in Syria is meant to ensure Turkey’s security, Milliyet newspaper quoted Chief of the General Staff of Turkish Armed Forces Hulusi Akar as saying Sept. 19.
Akar pointed out that the ‘Shield of the Euphrates’ operation is not aimed against Syria’s territorial integrity.
“Turkey has the right to ensure the security of its southern borders,” he added.
On Aug. 24 morning, the Turkish Air Force, with the support of the coalition aircraft, launched an operation to liberate the city of Jarabulus from the “Islamic State” (IS, aka ISIS, ISIL) terrorist group in northern Syria, near Aleppo. The operation was dubbed the ‘Shield of the Euphrates.’
Syria has been suffering from an armed conflict since March 2011, which, according to the UN, has so far claimed over 500,000 lives.
Militants from various armed groups are confronting the Syrian government troops. The IS, the YPG and the PYD are the most active terrorist groups in Syria.