Despite increasing attacks against Kurdish forces, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Friday that the country was not looking to seize any Syrian territory.
This comment from the President came a couple of days after air strikes on a Syrin border post run by Kurdish forces in the Turkey’s war torn northen regions reportedly killed 17 fighters.
Apparently the dead included both Kurds who man some of the Syrian border posts and regime forces.
Syria’s official news agency announced three government soldiers died. Turkey said it was responding to a strike on its own positions along the border that killed two soldiers.
This exchange of fire marked one of the largest escalations since Ankara and Damascus traded attacks in 2020.
Erdogan appeared to try and calm the tensions in comments to reporters on board his return flight from his first wartime visit to Ukraine.
“We do not have eyes on the territory of Syria because the people of Syria are our brothers,” Turkish media quoted Erdogan as saying.
“The regime must be aware of this.”
The border clash came with fears mounting that Turkey may be preparing to launch its fourth cross-border offensive against Kurdish forces since 2016.