German police use pepper spray to disperse protestors at Afrin rally

Katrina Barker
March 12, 2018

"With these things happening in Syria, when will you, NATO, take our side?" he said. We're fighting so much. North Atlantic Treaty Organisation is an Alliance that was founded by 11 European countries and the 1949 which today consists of 29 independent member countries. "Where are you?", RT quoted Erdogan as saying on Sunday.

YPG has been a key American ally in the fight against Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) in Syria and the operation has raised tensions with Washington and European NATO powers.

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

Ankara launched the offensive on January 20, with the aim of dislodging the People's Protection Units (YPG), a USA -backed Kurdish militia that Turkey considers to be a terrorist group.

Last month, Ankara launched Operation Olive Branch in the northern Syrian region, with war monitors estimating the death toll at 311.

However, it remains to be seen if the US allows Turkey to continue with its offensive or intervenes to protect the force that is vital to maintaining control of huge swathes of ungoverned Syria. But seeing Turkey's adamant position, they did not find [the] resolve to do so, "he added. Turkey will fight terrorists anywhere they operate", he added.

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

"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 the invasion.

The YPG too denies any direct organisational links to Turkey's PKK- an assertion backed by a USA -led coalition whose air strikes have helped the militia and allied Arab fighters drive Islamic State militants out of tens of thousands of square kilometres of Syria.

Turkish authorities often use the word "neutralized" in their statements to imply the terrorists in question either surrendered or were killed or captured. Some US-backed militias in Syria have switched their priorities from fighting IS terrorists to battling Turkish troops and affiliated FSA militants.

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