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Turkey, Free Syrian Army make advances in Afrin

12 March 2018

Turkey launched a solo military offensive against the Syrian Kurdish People's Protection Units or YPG on January 20 to clear them from Afrin in northwestern Syria.

Turkish authorities often use the word "neutralized" in their statements to imply the terrorists in question either surrendered or were killed or captured.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan addressed the ruling Justice and Development (AK) Party's sixth provincial congress in Turkey's Mersin on Saturday, Yeni Safak reports. Erdogan also denounced North Atlantic Treaty Organisation on Sunday, accusing the Western military alliance of failing to back Turkey's campaign.

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"With these things happening in Syria, when will you, NATO, take our side?" he said. "We are constantly harassed by terror groups on our borders".

The YPG has been a key American ally in the fight against the Islamic State in Syria and Turkey's offensive operation have raised tensions with Washington and European NATO powers. Is this friendship? Is this North Atlantic Treaty Organisation unity?

Under NATO charter, an attack on one of the alliance's members is an attack on them all. 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. The latter has been fighting for an autonomous region inside Turkey since 1984.

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Turkey has been complaining for years that the United States was too cozy with the Kurds, insisting the group are a "terrorist" organization.

"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".

The defeat of ISIS has been welcomed in many parts of Syria and Kurdish militia have staked their right to control the regions in East Syria which had a Kurdish majority population. He added supporters in Turkey were also planning to come and act as human shields in an attempt to prevent an all-out attack on Afrin.

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"In fact, they would openly oppose Turkey in Syria if they could".

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Turkey, Free Syrian Army make advances in Afrin