Erdogan Slams NATO For Lack Of Support In Syria

Posted March 12, 2018

Foreigners who returned to their home countries, after completing their undergraduate and graduate studies in Turkey, have voiced support for Operation Olive Branch in northwestern 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.

Managing alliances in Syria has always been a struggle for the USA, as underscored by how often two US-armed allies end up directly fighting one another. "Are we not a North Atlantic Treaty Organisation member?"

At the time she said that the Afrin region was "certainly within Syria".

Turkey launched its offensive against the YPG on January 20 claiming that the Kurdish forces, which it argues are an offshoot of the banned Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK), represent a "terrorist" threat to its southern borders.

A total of 3,291 terrorists were eliminated as part of the operation.

A Syrian rebel fighter looks out over Kurdish-held Afrin city on Monday
A Syrian rebel fighter looks out over Kurdish-held Afrin city on Monday

"In fact, they would openly oppose Turkey in Syria if they could".

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

Erdogan said that Turkey shares a 911-kilometer (566-mile) border with Syria, adding that it has been harassed by both terrorist groups and the Syrian regime.

"We are advancing toward Afrin [city center]".

The recent UNSC resolution, which urged a 30-days Syria-wide ceasefire, has been also used to call upon Erdogan to halt their operations.

Which probably sounds like a good idea to USA officials trying to manage Turkey relations, and probably sounds really bad to United States officials trying to manage relations with the YPG. The document, however, only stated that the ceasefire did not apply to such groups as Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIL/ISIS), Al-Qaeda and Al-Nusra front, and did not describe any Kurdish militias as terrorists.