Turkey's General Staff urges population of Syria's Afrin to resist terrorists

Turkey's General Staff urges population of Syria's Afrin to resist terrorists

A mortar shell exploded near Ozer, hitting him in a leg and arm.

According to the T24 news portal, İzmir police detained Kartal late on Friday night at his office in İzmir's Çiğli district due to his tweets and media reports criticizing the Turkish government for the recent military operations in Syria.

"Turkey takes slow but firm steps in Afrin operation which substantially reduce the risk of harming civilians and causalities from the Turkish side", Murat Arslan, an academic from Hasan Kalyoncu University said speaking in a panel organized by the Foundation for Political, Economic and Social Research (SETA).

"Why are certain [Western] countries trying to ignore the terrorists' actions?"

Turkey launched Operation Olive Branch on January 20 to clear PYD/PKK and Daesh terrorists from Afrin in northwestern Syria.

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Meanwhile, a Westerner, the German journalist and former Middle-East correspondent of public broadcaster ARD, Christoph Horstel spoke to Anadolu Agency about the Turkish military operation in Syria's Afrin region and said that "it is a duty of the Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan to prevent his country and its people from being attacked". Ankara considers the People's Protection Units (YPG), part of the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces, being linked to the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK), which is listed as terrorist organization in Turkey.

Eight suspects were arrested for their alleged links to Thursday's bomb explosion in the capital Ankara, a governorship statement said on Friday.

The operation is being carried out under the framework of Turkey's rights based on global law, UN Security Council resolutions, its self-defense rights under the UN Charter, and respect for Syria's territorial integrity.

Turkey has repeatedly condemned the United States for providing various kinds of support, including arms deliveries, to the Syrian Kurds.

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