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24.05.2020 15:42 News >> Turkish Defense Chief Welcomes Eid At Syrian Border

Turkish Defense Chief Welcomes Eid At Syrian Border

Hulusi Akar, top commanders inspect troops at ground zero of Turkey Syria border, exchange Eid greetings.

Turkey's defense minister on Sunday welcomed Eid al-Fitr, the holiday marking the end of Islamic fasting month of Ramadan, with the troops deployed at the Syrian border.
Hulusi Akar, accompanied by Chief of General Staff Yasar Guler, and top commanders of the land, air, and sea forces arrived at the border on Saturday to inspect the troops in Hatay, Turkey's southern border with Syria, who have joined anti-terrorist operations in northern Syria.
Top military officials and soldiers exchanged Eid greetings following the coronavirus measures.
"Turkish Armed Forces are fighting against terrorism on the one hand and the novel coronavirus on the other," Akar said.
"For the security of our country and nation, we have successfully fulfilled the duties given to us until now, and we will continue to fulfill them. For the sovereignty and independence of our country and nation, we need to work harder than ever and learn from history," he added.
Akar and commanders are visiting Turkish troops deployed in various places to inspect and exchange Eid greetings with the soldiers.
Following their visit at the Syrian border, Akar and commanders inspected troops in the Barbaros Frigate joining the Operation Mediterranean Shield in the Eastern Mediterranean.
Meeting them via a video link, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan extended his greeting to the troops on the Eid.
He congratulated the soldiers for their struggle in all the seas of Turkey, including the Mediterranean.
Later, the top commanders visited another group of troops in Hatay joining anti-terrorist efforts in Operation Peace Spring, Turkey's cross-border offensive in Syria, and Idlib.
During this visit, Erdogan gave a phone call to the soldiers to congratulate their Eid.
"Turkish people will not forget your heroic fight against terrorism in the Operation Peace Spring, Afrin and Idlib," he said.
Since 2016, Turkey has launched a trio of successful anti-terrorist operations across its border into northern Syria to prevent the formation of a terror corridor and enable peaceful settlement by locals: Euphrates Shield (2016), Olive Branch (2018), and Peace Spring (2019).
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. The YPG is the PKK's Syrian offshoot.
Writing by Havva Kara Aydin and Erdogan Cagatay Zontur -



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