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Turkish, Iraqi defense ministers talk Syria on phone

October 15, 2019 at 9:32 pm

Turkish National Defense Minister Hulusi Akar evaluate the current status and conducts the Operation Peace Spring, during a meeting in Ankara, Turkey on 14 October, 2019 [Arif Akdoğan/Anadolu Agency]

Turkey’s national defense minister held a phone call with his Iraqi counterpart on Tuesday, discussing current developments in Syria, according to the Turkish National Defense Ministry, reports Anadolu Agency.

Hulusi Akar and Najah Hassan Ali Al-Shammari discussed defense and security matters during the call, the ministry added.

Turkey on October 9 launched Operation Peace Spring to eliminate terrorists from northern Syria in order to secure Turkey’s borders, aid in the safe return of Syrian refugees, and ensure Syria’s territorial integrity.

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Ankara wants to clear northern Syria east of the Euphrates River of the terrorist PKK and its Syrian offshoot, the PYD/YPG.

In its more than 30-year terror campaign against Turkey, the PKK – listed as a terrorist organization by Turkey, the US, and the European Union – has been responsible for the deaths of 40,000 people, including women, children, and infants.