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

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

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

We're fighting so much.

The YPG has been a key American ally in the fight against the Islamic State in Syria and Turkey's offensive operation have raised tensions with Washington and European NATO powers. NATO, Turkey is not a NATO country?

On Jan. 20, Turkey launched "Operation Olive Branch" to clear Kurdish People's Protection Units (YPG) militants from Afrin.

A total of 18 PKK terrorists were "neutralized" in Turkey's southeastern provinces of Diyarbakir, Mardin and northern Iraq this week, the Turkish General Staff said on Saturday, APA reports quoting Anadolu agency. The PKK is considered to be a terrorist group not only by Turkey, but also by the U.S. and the EU. So far, 3,213 "terrorists" have been killed during the operation, carried out by Turkish troops and affiliated Free Syrian Army (FSA) militants, Erdogan stated.

On Saturday, worldwide activists and Kurdish communities in foreign countries marched and protested against what they called the Turkish aggression against Afrin and European arms trade with Turkey. "But seeing Turkey's adamant position, they did not find [the] resolve to do so", the president said.

Ankara views the group as an extension of the Turkey-based Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK), which it and other countries describe as a "terrorist" organisation. "Turkey will fight terrorists anywhere they operate", Erdogan said, once again promising new military operations in Syria, including in the areas held by the US-backed Kurdish-led militias.

The operation is being carried out under the framework of Turkey's rights based on worldwide law, United Nations Security Council resolutions, its self-defense rights under the UN charter, and respect for Syria's territorial integrity, it said. A report in Aljazeera says that residents of Afrin plan on creating a human chain to protect YPG fighters against Turkey's assault on the city.

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