A top Turkish official says Ankara's planned incursion in northeastern Syria aims to eradicate the threats posed by both Syrian Kurdish forces and the Islamic State group.
Fahrettin Altun, communications director for President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, said on Twitter on Monday that "Turkey's intension is clear: to dismantle the terrorist corridor on our border. To fight against (the) PKK, which is the enemy of the Kurdish people. To combat (IS) and prevent its resurgence."
Altun wrote: "Areas liberated from PKK will have services provided by Turkey, rather than enduring the occupation by a terrorist militia."