Erdogan censures North Atlantic Treaty Organisation for not helpimg in Turkey's Syria operations

Hannah Rogers
March 12, 2018

The Turkish government views the YPG as a terror organization and the Syrian branch of the outlawed Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) militant group.

She added that Turkey helped Bosnia in its times of need and continues to support the country.

Several people in Germany were left injured after police used pepper spray against some demonstrators opposed to Turkey's ongoing military operation Olive Branch against the Kurdish People's Protection Units (YPG) in Syria's Afrin region.

The president also said that an area of over "900 square kilometers" has been brought under control by the Free Syrian Army (FSA) and the Turkish Armed Forces, as they press on to take the center of Afrin city.

Turkey's leader has scorched North Atlantic Treaty Organisation allies over their failure to support his "counter-terrorist" operation in the Kurdish-held Syrian region of Afrin, but expressed gratitude that they at least had no guts to openly oppose Ankara. But seeing Turkey's adamant position, they did not find [the] resolve to do so, "he added".

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According to RT, the Turkish leader also reiterated his earlier statements, that his only goal in Syria was the "fight against terrorism".

In the same speech on Saturday, Erdogan reportedly criticized North Atlantic Treaty Organisation for not supporting his country's ongoing military operation against Syrian Kurdish fighters in Syria.

People are planning to act as human shields in an effort to protect the Syrian city of Afrin as the Turkish military and its allied forces prepare to capture the Kurdish-controlled urban centre. When Ankara reaches it, the troops will be pulled out of the country, he stated. The latter has been fighting for an autonomous region inside Turkey since 1984. The PKK is considered to be a terrorist group not only by Turkey, but also by the United States and the EU.

Overt talk of trying to rein them in is likely to add to the sense among many YPG leaders that the U.S. is a fair-weather fried that can't be counted on when the chips are down.

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