Turkey’s Presidential Spokesman İbrahim Kalın on Wednesday said that 12 military observation points would be established in Syria's Idlib.
İbrahim Kalın also told a news conference that Ankara remains optimistic, but cautious, regarding ties with the United States after last week's visit to Ankara by U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson.
"Any step for benefit of PYD/PKK in Afrin will be counted as a terrorist act and those making them will be a legitimate target. The Republic of Turkey does what is needed for its national interest, it owes no explanation."
The U.S has supplied the PYD/YPG with more than 5,000 truckloads of weapons to allegedly use in the fight against Daesh, despite Ankara’s warnings that the fact they are the Syrian offshoots of the PKK terror organization.
'Turkey repelled Afrin-bound pro-Assad forces with artillery fire'
Kalın said that the pro-Syrian regime convoy consisting of 40-50 vehicles trying to enter Afrin, were repelled by Turkish artillery fire.
Pro-regime groups, which on Tuesday tried to enter Syria’s Afrin to support YPG/PKK-Daesh against Turkey’s ongoing operation in the region, withdrew before reaching the city following a series of warning shots.
Turkey is not in direct talks with the Syrian regime, but its messages are being indirectly conveyed to Damascus, he added.
Turkish intelligence may contact the Syrian regime under "extraordinary conditions to solve certain issues."
Operation Olive Branch was initiated on Jan. 20 in Afrin to establish security and stability, eliminate terrorists of PKK/KCK/PYD-YPG and Daesh, and save locals from the terrorists’ oppression and cruelty.
The operation is being carried out under the framework of Turkey’s rights based on international law, UN Security Council resolutions, its self-defense rights under the UN charter, and respect for Syria's territorial integrity.