Turkey announces end of ‘Euphrates Shield’ operation in Syria

Turkey's National Security Council meeting (File photo)

Turkey has announced the end of its ‘Euphrates Shield’ operation in northern Syria in a statement issued after the country’s National Security Council met on Wednesday.

“The Euphrates Shield operation that was carried out in order to prevent threats and attacks towards our country by the DEAS [Islamic State] terrorist organisation, to enable our displaced Syrian brethren to return to their country and carry on with their lives in peace and security has been successfully completed,” the statement began.

“The use of elements belonging to the PKK/PYD-YPG terrorist organisation in the struggle against DEAS in Syria and Iraq will not contribute to the establishment of a peaceful and secure atmosphere in the region, to the contrary it will create new problems in the mid and long term,” the statement continued.

The National Security Council is headed by the country’s president, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, and is attended by both government ministers and military generals.