Turkey 'fully-prepared' for military op in northern Syria
NEWS SERVICE,  Yeni Şafak  Monday 13:45, 29 April 2019
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Turkey is fully-prepared for a military operation east of the Euphrates River in Syria, the Defense Ministry announced Monday.

"Units are fully-prepared. Contacts with the U.S. regarding a safe-zone in northern Syria continue. So far, there hasn't been a negative response from the U.S.," a statement read.

A possible mission east of the Euphrates, which Turkey’s leadership has been suggesting for months, would follow two successful cross-border Turkish operations into Syria since 2016 – Operation Euphrates Shield and Operation Olive Branch – both meant to eradicate the presence of YPG/PKK and Daesh terrorists near Turkey’s borders.

The PKK is listed as a terrorist organization by Turkey, the European Union and the United States. The YPG and PYD are its Syrian extensions.

Russian S-400s

The ministry also made an announcement on the delivery date of the Russian S-400 defense missiles.

"The first delivery of the S-400 defense missile system is slated for June-July. Contacts on the deployment area of the missiles are ongoing."

The S-400 missile system, which is the best currently in-use anywhere in the world, is capable of destroying jets and drones, in addition to shooting down ballistic and cruise missiles.

With a maximum range of 400 kilometers, the S-400 missile defense system is capable of reaching targets at a maximum altitude of 30 kilometers, and is equipped to simultaneously strike 80 different targets with two missiles each.

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