Foreign alumni from Turkey support Afrin op

Turkish forces have surrounded Afrin city in Syria operation, says state media

Turkish forces have surrounded Afrin city in Syria operation, says state media

"Hey NATO, with what has been going on in Syria, when are you going to come and be alongside us?"

In mid-February, Turkey marked 66 years of North Atlantic Treaty Organisation membership.

He said Turkey sent troops to conflict zones when requested, but did not receive support in return. "Where are you?", RT quoted Erdogan as saying on Sunday.

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

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The PKK, considered a terrorist organisation by the United States, the European Union and Turkey, has waged a three-decade insurgency in Turkey's largely Kurdish southeast that has killed some 40,000 people.

U.S. support for the YPG in the fight against Daesh in Syria has strained ties between Ankara and Washington, both members of the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation military alliance.

The president also said that an area of over "900 square kilometers" has been brought under control by the Free Syrian Army (FSA) and the Turkish Armed Forces, as they press on to take the center of Afrin city.

The Turkish leader also reiterated his earlier statements, that his only goal in Syria was the "fight against terrorism".

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"Turkey is more than welcome to go back and read the exact text of this UN Security Council resolution, and I would suggest that they do so", US State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert said on February 27, stating that the Afrin region was "certainly within Syria". Ankara is wary of the presence of Kurdish militants close to its borders in Syria, and has been opposed to Washington's efforts to train and arm them in the Arab country.

"Turkey's goal is not capture of the territories of the other states, but only elimination of the terrorism threat in the region". The PKK is considered to be a terrorist group not only by Turkey, but also by the USA and the EU.

"The images of people celebrating the arrival of Turkish soldiers in Afrin says everything, although western media is trying to portray Turkey's presence in Afrin differently", Tasli added.

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