Turkey will deliver Afrin to its true owners, says Erdoğan

Mar 12, 2018, 05:56
Turkey will deliver Afrin to its true owners, says Erdoğan

The Syrian regime has chosen to ally itself with the Kurdish YPG in its fight against Turkey in Afrin, despite being at odds elsewhere in Syria.

Several spontaneous protests have taken place across Germany, which is home to a large Turkish immigrant population, in response to advances by Turkish troops on Afrin, with just a couple of hundred meters separating them from the city, according to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, which monitors the conflict through a network of activists on the ground.

Ankara's offensive on the Kurdish-held enclave in northwestern Syria is now in its 51st day as Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has vowed to increase the operation beyond Afrin. "Where are you?", RT quoted Erdogan as saying on Sunday.

Ankara, since January 20th, has launched a large-scale military offensive against the Syrian Kurdish People's Protection Units (YPG) in Afrin.

According to RT, the Turkish leader also reiterated his earlier statements, that his only goal in Syria was the "fight against terrorism". The operation was not to "occupy" but "liberate", he said, and then hand over to local residents. "Once Afrin is captured, it will be delivered to its true owners", said Erdoğan.

At the time she said that the Afrin region was "certainly within Syria". Erdogan also denounced North Atlantic Treaty Organisation on Sunday, accusing the Western military alliance of failing to back Turkey's campaign.

Turkey's president has criticized North Atlantic Treaty Organisation for not supporting the country's ongoing military operation against Syrian Kurdish fighters in Syria. Erdogan said in remarks to supporters in Bolu, a city east of Istanbul. Unfortunately, until now, there has not been a positive word or voice. "Are we not a North Atlantic Treaty Organisation member?"

The PKK, considered a terrorist organisation by the United States, the European Union and Turkey, has waged a three-decade insurgency in Turkey's largely Kurdish southeast that has killed some 40,000 people.

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