Turkish President Vows to Expand Afrin Operation East to Iraqi Border

Posted January 27, 2018

He also criticized the United States for its support of the Kurdish forces in Manbij, saying, "Our greatest sadness is to see these terrorist organizations run wild holding US flags in this region".

Published reports say Turkey launched the Afrin military operation January 20. Russian Federation controls Syrian airspace in the region west of the Euphrates River, which includes Afrin, while the United States controls the skies east of the Euphrates.

Turkish regime ideologues went into overdrive to lend a sacred aura to the battle.

The United States is helping Turkey with its active insurgency, she said. Turkey is no longer the frontline country for others; it is now a hub country in its own right.

Such was Karagul's fervour that he omitted to mention those countries supposedly revolving around this "centre".

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There has been a consensus between all the global and regional powers on the necessity to liquidate the revolutionary popular movements initiated in Syria in March of 2011 and to stabilize the murderous and authoritarian regime in Damascus with Bashar al-Assad at its head in the name of the "war on terror".

In his address to the soldiers at the base, Erdoğan reiterated that the operation would continue until they get results.

A "de-escalation" agreement brokered by Russia, Iran, and Turkey in August failed to bring any relief.

Syria's theater of war continued to grow complex on Thursday, as Kurdish authorities in Afrin released a statement calling for Syrian military support to defend them from an ongoing Turkish assault.

Russia, meanwhile, has been playing its cards close to its chest. The YPG has denied shelling Turkish border towns.

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The move could pit Turkish forces against some of the 2,000 USA troops who are in Syria as part of an worldwide coalition aiming to eliminate the Islamic State militant movement in Syria. Manbij is held by the Syrian Democratic Forces, which is dominated by the People's Protection Units. Trump also told Erdogan "to exercise caution and to avoid any actions that might risk conflict between Turkish and American forces".

According to the White House, President Donald Trump concerns about "destructive and false rhetoric coming from Turkey" to Erdogan during their telephone conversation on Wednesday.

Speaking at a joint news conference with Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy in Madrid on Thursday, Stoltenberg said: "Turkey suffered most from terrorist attacks over many years".

Turkish troops and allied Syrian fighters started operations last week against the Kurdish-held enclave of Afrin, approaching from three sides and meeting stiff resistance from the US -allied Kurdish militia that controls the enclave. "On the contrary, we are trying to make it a liveable place for the real owners while clearing out terrorists from there". He said Turkey will never accept this. "All of this is driven by Turkey's domestic political situation and Erdogan's upcoming presidential campaign in 2019, about which he is extremely nervous", says Edelman. An earlier Turkish cross-border ground operation was even called "Shield of Euphrates".

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