Turkey Warns of New Cross-Border Offensive in Syria

Posted May 07, 2018

The Turkish head of state last month announced snap presidential and parliamentary elections on June 24 to the surprise of Turkish politics observers.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan promised to increase his country's presence in Syria during an address to supporters on Sunday, according to Agence France-Presse.

"We want to achieve these for all our friends and brothers", he said after unveiling the ruling Justice and Development Party's (AKP) election manifesto at a mass rally in Istanbul, Xinhua news agency reported.

"After that, we will explain in Ankara what we have done and what we will do in our election declaration", he added.

Erdogan has called snap parliamentary and presidential more than a year early. Before that, he served as prime minister, from 2003 to 2014.

"Turkey will be even more attractive to investors", Erdogan said.

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Speaking about the challenges facing Turkey on its borders, he said: "Due to Turkey's strong will, it is not possible to play dirty games, to draw new boundaries and to have a fait accompli in our geography".

Meanwhile, the military also said that the number of terrorists neutralized in Operation Olive Branch has reached 4,403.

Turkey began military operations in Syria in August 2016, when Turkish forces entered the country in order to fight ISIS terrorists in the region. Cavusoglu said that operation was still on the agenda. With rapid decision-making, fast execution and efficient management, economic growth will gain momentum. Turkey will be a global power and a leading force.

Along with other opposing parties that are expected to form an alliance, they're anxious that Erdogan's move to transform Turkey's governing system to an executive presidency will lead to a concentration of power and leave the system open to abuse.

He said Turkey had never abandoned its goal of European Union membership.

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