Monday, 25 June, 2018

Erdogan "hopes" Afrin is liberated by this evening

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Sammy Stanley | 14 March, 2018, 22:36

In a phone conversation on February 26, French President Emmanuel Macron told his Turkish counterpart Recep Tayyip Erdogan that the United Nations call for a ceasefire also applied to Afrin. "I hope that Afrin will, God willing, have completely fallen by the evening".

The protesters were expressing anger at a perceived lack of action from the US after Turkey announced that its troops and Turkish-backed Syrian opposition fighters had begun a siege of the Syrian Kurdish-held northern town of Afrin.

It is also calling on the British Government to do more to help the people in the region who they say have been subjected to repeated shelling and bombing.

The Syrian Kurdish YPG militia said the Turkish army took control of the dam on Maydanki lake and a water pumping station last week.

Turkey-backed fighters on Tuesday had announced they had encircled the Kurdish enclave after reaching the outskirts on Saturday, raising concerns for tens of thousands of civilians trapped in the town.

Erdogan has repeatedly said that Afrin should be cleared of "terrorists", and demanded the deployment of Turkish troops there during a speech back in November 2016. "Of the Turkish armed forces continue to conduct air and ground operations", - stated in the message.

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Erdogan also said Turkey would crush Kurdish militants in northern Iraq.

"In no circumstances does it justify military operations that put civilian populations in danger", he added, branding the situation in Afrin "critical".

According to the Turkish General Staff, the operation aims to establish security and stability along Turkey's borders and the region as well as to protect Syrians from the oppression and cruelty of terrorists.

Damascus "strongly condemns the brutal Turkish aggression on Afrin, which is an inseparable part of Syrian territory", Syria's official news agency SANA cited a Syrian Foreign Ministry source as saying on January 20.

But Turkey, a USA ally and fellow NATO Western military alliance member, has objected to Washington's support for Kurdish militias, which Ankara accused of harboring ties to the militant Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK).

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