Turkish Foreign Ministry Insists Afrin Invasion Targets Terrorists

The Turkish Foreign Ministry underscored that the Turkish operation in Syria's Afrin was targeting terrorists, not civilians, in response to a statement by the US State Department. Heather Nauert, the spokeswoman for the US Department of State, said Monday that Washington was extremely concerned over the situation in the city of Afrin because of reports that most residents had to leave the … Continue reading Turkish Foreign Ministry Insists Afrin Invasion Targets Terrorists

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‘Hey, NATO, Where Are You?’: Erdogan Slams Alliance Over Syria

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 … Continue reading ‘Hey, NATO, Where Are You?’: Erdogan Slams Alliance Over Syria

Red Crescent Calls for Guarantees to Deliver Humanitarian Convoy to Afrin

Syrian Arab Red Crescent (SARC) called for guarantees to deliver a new humanitarian convoy to reach the civilians in Afrin. SARC announced, in a statement, that they are working with the UN to deliver an urgent humanitarian convoy carrying new relief materials to Afrin and Tal Rifaat in response to the escalated humanitarian needs in … Continue reading Red Crescent Calls for Guarantees to Deliver Humanitarian Convoy to Afrin

Erdogan: 2,960 Terrorists ‘Neutralized’ in Afrin Operation

A total of 2,960 terrorists have been "neutralized" since the start of Operation Olive Branch in Syria's northwestern Afrin region, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Wednesday. Turkish authorities often use the word "neutralized" in their statements to imply the terrorists in question either surrendered or were killed or captured. On Jan. 20, Turkey launched Operation … Continue reading Erdogan: 2,960 Terrorists ‘Neutralized’ in Afrin Operation

France Calls on Turkey to End Afrin Offensive

French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian said on Tuesday that Paris is reiterating a call on Ankara to end its military offensives on the Kurdish enclave of Afrin in northwestern Syria. During a speech delivered to parliament’s foreign affairs committee, Le Drian said the UN resolution which calls for a ceasefire in Syria “is for … Continue reading France Calls on Turkey to End Afrin Offensive

Turkey: UN Resolution on Ceasefire in Syria Not to Affect Afrin Operation

The UN Security Council's ceasefire decision in Syria would not have impact on Turkey's ongoing military operation in Afrin, Turkish Deputy Prime Minister Bekir Bozdag said Sunday. "When we look at the UN Security Council resolution, we see that fight against terror organizations is outside its scope. Therefore, it will not affect Turkey's ongoing operation," … Continue reading Turkey: UN Resolution on Ceasefire in Syria Not to Affect Afrin Operation

Barzani Discusses Afrin With Syrian Kurdish Delegation

Former Kurdistan Region President Masoud Barzani discussed the latest developments in the Kurdish enclave of Afrin with the leadership council members of the Syrian Kurdish National Council (ENKS) party on Wednesday in Erbil. Topics of conversation included the latest political and security developments in Syrian Kurdistan (Rojava) in general and Afrin in specific, the future … Continue reading Barzani Discusses Afrin With Syrian Kurdish Delegation