10 Daesh-linked suspects arrested in Turkey

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At least 10 foreigners were arrested in Turkey’s eastern Elazig province on Wednesday over suspected links to the Daesh terrorist organization, according to the local police.According to a statement issued by the police department, the suspects were ar…

Turkey arrests 22 for promoting PKK/KCK on social media

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Twenty-two suspects were arrested in Turkey for promoting the terrorist PKK/KCK on social media, judicial sources said Tuesday.In the eastern Kars province, nine suspects were arrested as part of an investigation into PKK/KCK supporters, said the sourc…

Syrian Troops Retreat After Turkish Artillery Fires Warning Strikes

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Pro-Syrian government troops enroute to Syria’s Afrin region, a Kurdish area where Turkish troops have mounted a month-long offensive, retreated Tuesday after Turkish artillery fired warning shots, according to Turkey’s state-run Anadolu news agency.Th…

Nabi Houri Hill liberated during Afrin operation

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Turkish military and the Free Syrian Army (FSA) on Monday liberated Nabi Houri Hill from the control of terrorists in northwestern Syria’s Afrin region.According to Anadolu Agency correspondents on the ground, the Nabi Houri Hill in Afrin’s Sharran vil…

Syrians recall PYD/PKK atrocities in Raqqah

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Syrian civilians who fled atrocities committed by PYD/PKK and Daesh terrorist groups have recalled their suffering under the two terror groups in Syria’s northern city of Raqqah. Ammar Khalil, who used to have a tire shop in Raqqah before the Syrian c…

Turkey calls on Washington to take steps against PKK

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Presidential Spokesman Ibrahim Kalin on Saturday called on Washington to “take steps regarding both the YPG and FETO”.

Fetullah Terrorist Organisation (FETO) and its U.S.-based leader Fetullah Gulen orchestrated the defeated coup of July 15, 2016, which left 250 people martyred and nearly 2,200 injured.

The YPG is the Syrian offshoot of PKK, which is listed as a terrorist organization by Turkey, the U.S., and the EU. Its more than three-decade long campaign against Turkey, has killed nearly 40,000 people, including women and children.

In a column for local Daily Sabah titled: “What does Turkey expect from the US?” Kalin said the meetings between “Turkish and U.S. officials should be turned into an opportunity to overcome the crisis of trust � a crisis that has emerged as a result of the U.S. policy of supporting the PKK’s Syrian affiliate…PYD and inaction on the FETO network in the U.S.”

Kalin in the column also reasserted that Turkey’s recently launched operation against PYD/PKK terrorists “continues as planned” and reassured the “goal is to clear northern Syria from all terrorist elements including Daesh, the PKK, PYD, YPG, al-Qaida and others”.

Turkey on Jan. 20 launched Operation Olive Branch to remove PYD/PKK and Daesh terrorists from Afrin, northwestern Syria.

Criticizing the “stakeholders involved in the seven-year Syrian war”, Kalin said “their actions on the ground tell a different story”.

He wrote: “Since Barack Obama’s presidency, the U.S. administration has said that once the Daesh threat was eliminated, they would no longer support the YPG. Now under pressure from Ankara, they also say that they would start disengaging the PKK’s Syrian branch.

“Renaming the YPG as the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) has not fooled anyone. As a matter of fact, U.S. intelligence services refer to the YPG as the PKK’s militia force in Syria.”

The U.S. has called the PYD/PKK a reliable ally in its fight against Daesh, despite strong protests by Turkey.

Adding that it is time to work with allies and not terrorist groups, he said: “The Obama administration made a strategic mistake and President Donald Trump’s administration has continued on this misguided track.”

Kalin stated that “the U.S. support for the YPG has created a serious crisis of trust,” and thus, “to overcome this crisis of trust, the U.S. administration has to take steps regarding both the YPG and FETO”.

“Otherwise, a decades-long relationship and alliance will be damaged irreparably,” he added.

“The U.S. should start the process of disengaging from the YPG and move it out of Manbij and to east of Euphrates. Turkey and the U.S. forces working with local people can insure the Manbij area,” he said.

Kalin ended his remarks saying “there is much to gain from a constructive partnership on numerous bilateral and regional issues, but this can happen only when the U.S. administration realizes the seriousness of the PKK, YPG and FETO issues for Turkey’s national security.”

Source: Anadolu Agency

NATO chief reiterates Turkey’s right to protect borders

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NATO has voiced support for Turkey’s military operation against terrorists in northwestern Syria’s Afrin region, but it also urged for a proportionate” and measured response.Speaking at a panel discussion in the Munich Security Conference on Friday, NA…

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