Turkish Deputy Prime Minister Recep Akdağ on Wednesday said Turkey will never return Afrin region of Syria to Bashar Al Assad regime.
The Turkish military and Free Syrian Army (FSA) fighters on Jan. 20 launched Operation Olive Branch in the Afrin region against the Syrian Kurdish Democratic Union Party (PYD), which Turkey sees as the Syrian extension of the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK), and took the control of the region in march.
Speaking to Deutsche Welle, Akdağ said Ankara has no plan to stay in Afrin, underlined that “their target is security of Turkey against YPG, armed wing of the PYD, kind of terrorist Kurdish groups and return the region to Syrian people soon.”
The United States in Mach said some 140,000 people have been displaced by Turkey’s cross-border offensive to seize Syria’s Afrin district from Syrian Kurdish forces, adding that Washington has concerns about the resulting humanitarian situation.
Six hundred twenty Syrian police candidates on May 10 started security duties in Afrin after completing a basic training course given by the Turkish Police Academy and special forces members.