“Over the past 4 years, we have neutralized16,000 terrorists, including 7,500 within the borders of Turkey, while 8,500-outside the borders” Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan said.
Report informs that he spoke at an extended meeting of chairmen of local organizations of the Justice and Development Party.
He stressed that the purpose of the anti-terrorist operation “Source of peace” is the territorial integrity and stability of Syria.
“Bashar al-Assad has killed 1 million people since 2011. Those who do not recognize PKK / YPG-PYD as a terrorist organization criticize us. They say that we are conducting an operation against the Kurds, although we hosted 300,000 Kurds from the Syrian city of Kobani in Turkey. Which Arab country has so far waged the fight against ISIS as Turkey? Let those investigating Turkey’s operation in Northern Syria answer this question. Since the beginning of the operation, 109 terrorists have been killed. Moreover, there are many wounded and surrendered people. Those who cannot stand in front of the Turkish military attack and kill women and children. And then cast aspersions on us. But you are the killers of women and children, we have never done this, ” the Turkish leader stressed.
In his speech, Erdogan thanked the Republican People’s Party, the Nationalist Movement Party and the Iyi Party for supporting operation Source of Peace.