- Security officials have stated that Turkey began shelling positions of Syria's Democratic Union Party (PYD) militias due to the fear that the PYD's capture of Azaz, a critical town in the Syrian conflict, could spark a new refugee influx towards the Turkish border.
A report prepared by security officials reiterates the official reasoning of Turkey's recent military campaign against the PYD. The major points of the report are as follows:
-PYD militias and Bashar al-Assad regime forces are trying to create a new refugee wave by moving towards Azaz as there are 10 refugee camps between this town and Turkey's town of Kilis, approximately along an eight-kilometer line. The residents of these camps will likely flee and seek shelter in Turkey while these camps would be taken by the PYD or Assad forces. This is why Azaz should be controlled by regime opponents.
-PYD's military mobilization is not about the fight against the Islamic State (IS) because the areas it is going through are IS-free.
-Another goal of the PYD is to increase the territories it controls around Azaz just like it did in Tal Abyad in 2015. Around 24,000 have fled Tal Abyad when the city was seized by the PYD. Only 4,000 Syrian Kurds have returned while 20,000 Arabs preferred to stay in Turkey. That changed the demographic structure of the city to the advantage of the Kurds.
The above information, all claims made by the Turkish military, has been shared with Vice President Joe Biden and German Chancellor Angela Merkel by Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu, officials have said.