Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has reiterated that the only goal of Ankara’s Operation Olive Branch in Syria’s Afrin region is to destroy terrorists.
Speaking at a gathering of his ruling Justice and Development party in the Turkish city of Mersin, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has lashed out at NATO over its unwillingness to support Ankara’s current military operation in northwestern Syria.
“Hey NATO where are you? We’re fighting so much. NATO, Turkey is not a NATO country? Where are you? You’ve invited NATO-member states to Afghanistan,” Erdogan said.
He went even further by saying that NATO would oppose the Turkish military’s Operation Olive Branch, which targets Kurdish People’s Protection Units (YPG) in the Afrin region of neighboring Syria, if the alliance had the drive to do so.
“In fact, they would openly oppose Turkey in Syria if they could. But seeing Turkey’s adamant position, they did not find [the] resolve to do so,” he pointed out.
Erdogan also reiterated that the Afrin operation’s one and only purpose is to combat terrorists in Syria.
“Turkey’s goal is not the capture of the territories of other states, but only the elimination of the terrorism threat in the region. Turkey will fight terrorists anywhere they operate,” Erdogan said.