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Erdogan threatens military operation in Afrin within a week

By Rudaw 13/1/2018
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan addressing his party’s provincial congress on Saturday. Photo: Anadolu Agency
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan addressing his party’s provincial congress on Saturday. Photo: Anadolu Agency
ERBIL, Kurdistan Region – Turkey’s president has said his country could launch a military offensive on Afrin and Manbij, northern Syria, within a week if Kurdish forces do not withdraw. 

“If the terrorists in Afrin do not surrender, we will destroy it,” Recep Tayyip Erdogan declared in a blazing speech at his party’s provincial congress on Saturday, according to state-run Anadolu Agency. 

Ankara conflates Kurdish groups in northern Syria, the political party PYD and the armed YPG, with the PKK, a named terror organization. Erdogan has said several times that he will not allow a “terror corridor” along Turkey’s border. 

He said that he was disappointed the United States was continuing its relations with the Kurdish forces in northern Syria under the umbrella of the SDF – key coalition ally in the war against Syria. 

Aldar Khalil, co-president of the executive body of the Movement for a Democratic Society (TEV-DEM), the ruling administration in Rojava, northern Syria, told Reuters this week that the Syrian conflict could be extended if Turkey tries to “stir up problems in some areas.”

Saleh Moslem, former leader of the PYD and now a foreign relations official for TEV-DEM, on Saturday warned Turkey against attacking Kurdish areas in Afrin. “The Kurdish people will rise up as a whole. It will be total warfare,” he said.

Local ANHA news reported that Turkish forces were shelling areas in Afrin on Saturday. 

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pre-Boomer Marine brat | 14/1/2018
It can be assumed that the Trump Administration has what the Brits call "short hairs". ... A Turkish offensive in Afrin will tell whether there is anything beneath those.
Eugene | 14/1/2018
This should basically be a test of wills...can NATO control it's members? Can the EU be concerned about unruly applicants? What if Afrin asks Russia for air protection? Although the US is extremely weak-willed in the last days...what if it would finally say "No"....anyway in about a week we will find out
sardar gabor | 14/1/2018
Why ardogan hates the kurds that much,he is fighting them every where,he is supposed to support them consideing the kurds in turkey.why he is so opsessed of breaking Down the Kurds,what did they do to him.?
Jay | 14/1/2018
It will be utmost stupidity from Erdogan to even make such statements as Kurds in Turkey are looking for an opportunity to rise, it will become the end of Erdogan dreams.
louise | 14/1/2018
I'm British I've never heard of 'short hairs'?? What does that mean?
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