Turkish medical association faces prosecution for opposing strikes on Afrin

Turkish medical association faces prosecution for opposing strikes on Afrin

Turkish medical association faces prosecution for opposing strikes on Afrin

Syrian Kurdish officials have pledged to give an "appropriate response" to any more Turkish assaults.

Some Turkish officials have said the main aim is the creation of a 30-kilometer (20-mile) deep "secure zone" in Afrin, which Turkey says is essential for its security.

Ankara says the YPG is a "terrorist" offshoot of the outlawed Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK), which is proscribed as a terror group by Ankara and its Western allies.

Recep Tayyip Erdogan's remarks came during a rally ahead of a provincial congress of the ruling Justice and Development (AK) Party in the central Corum province.

But, Hall suggests, in addition to the dangers of reporting from a conflict zone in a nation which has been in a state of civil war for seven years, Turkey has threatened reporters who travel to the region.

"The terrorists in Afrin and Manbij can not run from the painful end that awaits them", he said in a speech to party members in Corum province in northern Turkey.

Displaced Iraqi women who just fled their home, rest in the desert as they wait to be transported while Iraqi forces battle with Islamic State militants in western Mosul, Iraq February 27, 2017. The YPG also forms the backbone of the Syrian Democratic Forces, a US-backed militia that drove the Islamic State group from much of northern and eastern Syria.

Turkey began a military operation on January 20 against the YPG, which it deems a terror group.

Syrian rebels trained by Turkey, known as "the Turkish army's auxiliary force", have fought in al-Bab, an ISIS-dominated town over the border. What lies at the heart of Turkey's military action is that a democratic and peaceful Kurdish-dominated self-governing region across Turkey's southern border sets a unsafe precedent for Turkey's own Kurdish population (from the perspective of the Turkish government). The campaigns were to take place targeting Turkish nationals living in Austria.

However, Erdogan on Saturday said he planned to "foil games along our borders starting from Manbij", adding that Turkey would "clean our region from this trouble completely".

The YPG has denied that any of the Afrin region is under Turkish control.

Indeed, Turkey has already shown itself willing to censor coverage of the Afrin operation.

After several days of poor visibility because of heavy rain and fog, Turkish warplanes and artillery took advantage of the clear skies and pounded the hill of Barsaya near the Kurdish town of Afrin in northwestern Syria, official news agency Anadolu said. We see it as our obligation to cleanse all terrorist organizations'.

"The U.S. administration has said that once the Daesh threat is over, they will no longer support the PYD and YPG".

Meanwhile, other regional players in Syria are hardly more enthusiastic than Turkey about the prospect of a long-term United States troop presence in Syria or the existence of the Kurdish autonomous zone the troops appear to be cementing.

U.S. officials speaking in Ankara on Wednesday said Syrian Kurdish fighters in Afrin are not part of the Kurdish-led SDF, which drove IS from much of northeastern Syria with the help of the US-led coalition.

"Turkish operations in Afrin and all operations in Afrin that have the effect of inducing friction into the equation, of making it hard to focus on why we're in Syria - which is the defeat of ISIS in the Euphrates River Valley, are a negative thing", McKenzie said.

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