Tuesday, January 23, 2018

Turkey rejects "military operation"/invasion limited to Afrin

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Turkey had given no guarantee to Russia or any other country that military operation will be limited to Syria's Afrin, Turkish Deputy Prime Minister Bekir Bozdag said Monday.

Nobody has the right to impose limits on Turkey's operation against the U.S.-backed Kurdish militia the People's Protection Units (YPG), Bozdag told reporters following a cabinet meeting.

Meanwhile, a Foreign Ministry official also rejected Russian media reports that the Turkish military operation along the Syrian border will be limited to Afrin.

Turkey has made no such commitment to Russia, the official was quoted by state-run Anadolu Agency as saying.


  1. A U.S. delegation including high-ranking officials arrived in Ankara on Monday to discuss bilateral issues and Turkey's military operation against U.S.-backed Kurdish militia in Syria, state-run Anadolu Agency reported Tuesday.

    The U.S. delegation, led by Deputy Assistant Secretary for European and Eurasian Affairs Jonathan Cohen, will meet with Turkish officials from the foreign ministry on Tuesday.

    The agenda of the meeting includes Turkey's "Olive Branch" operation in Syria, the bilateral visa crisis and the ongoing investigations of U.S. consular staff.

    The U.S. delegation will also hold a meeting with officials of the Turkish General Staff.

    The Turkish military and allied Free Syrian Army (FSA) rebels launched "Operation Olive Branch" on Saturday, opening a new front in Syria's seven-year-long war.

  2. German politicians decry arms sales to Turkey amid ongoing operation against Syrian Kurds...

    German politicians have widely opposed plans to provide Turkey with tank modernization upgrades after Leopard 2 combat vehicles were spotted taking part in the military operation against the Kurds in Syria’s Afrin.

    Amid rumors of potential resumption of arms sales to Turkey, German opposition parties, the Greens and the Left, urged the government to reconsider such deals with Ankara, pointing out that German weapons are now killing innocent people in Syria.

    “An immediate halt to all arms exports to Turkey is long overdue,” Agnieszka Brugger, a Greens lawmaker told the Heilbronner Stimme newspaper. “This intense situation should be a wake-up call for the German government.”.....https://on.rt.com/8xm0


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