Turkey Deputy PM says not in war, no plan to stay in Syria: NTV
Gulsen Solaker, Reuters, Aug 29 2016
Turkey has not entered a war through its incursion into northern Syria and has no intention of becoming a permanent power there, broadcaster NTV cited Deputy Prime Minister Numan Kurtulmus as saying on Monday. NTV cited Kurtulmus as telling reporters in Istanbul:
Turkey is not an occupying country. Turkey is not entering a war. Every party involved, including the Damascus government, was aware of the Euphrates Shield operation. Russia informed them, we are sure about that.
No one has right to tell Turkey who it can fight: EU minister
Ece Toksabay, Reuters, Aug 29 2016
No one has the right to tell Turkey which terrorist organisation it can fight, a Turkish minister said on Monday, as the NATO member faced criticism over an incursion into northern Syria which has seen clashes with Kurdish militia fighters. Turkey’s minister for European Union affairs, Omer Celik, told a news conference in Ankara:
No one has the right to tell us which terrorist organisation we can fight against and which one to ignore.
Turkey-backed forces pushed deeper into northern Syria on Monday, drawing a rebuke from Pindostan, which said it was concerned the battle for territory had shifted away from Islamic State.