Erdogan: Turkey to conduct campaign against Kurdish militants in northern Syria

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has warned that Turkey will conduct a military campaign in neighboring Syria.

Turkey has been considering military operations in northern Syria, claiming the purpose would be to protect its territory from terrorist threats.

Speaking to a meeting of lawmakers from his ruling party on Wednesday, Erdogan said, "We will clear Tal Rifaat and Manbij of terrorists."

Erdogan named the two Syrian towns as the target areas of the campaign. But he didn't make clear when the operation will begin.

Erdogan added, "Let's see who supports these legitimate steps by Turkey and who hinders them."

Turkey has shown reluctance to accept Sweden and Finland's bid to join NATO on the grounds that they support Kurdish militants. Erdogan's comments are seen as checking moves by the two countries as well as the NATO member nations that want to bring them into the organization.