Turkish Defense Minister Hulusi Akar on Saturday inaugurated the "Joint Operations Center" on the zero point of Turkey's border with Syria
The center would manage a possible military operation against terrorists of the Kurdistan Workers' PArty (PKK) east of the Euphrates in Syria.
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.