Mattis stated that there has been no change in terms of Turkey’s pressure on Manbij in response to a question about Turkey’s concern over the presence of PYD/PKK terrorists in the area.
he military operation Turkey launched in Afrin, Operation Olive Branch, officially kicked off on 20 January with air raids conducted by Turkish jets against the terror group, the PKK, and its Syrian offshoot, the People’s Protection Units (YPG).
he PKK’s Syrian branch, the Democratic Union Party (Partiya Yekîtiya Demokrat, PYD) has been elevated to the status of a major political actor just across the Turkish border.
Recent news about the formation of a 30,000-member border force with PKK/YPG members in northern Syria was the last straw.
In this scope, the most feasible alternative to carry the counter-terrorism fight across the border and prevent the PKK from becoming a regional actor in post-Daesh Syria seems to create a strategic state in Afrin.
" Turkey's operation was carried out against the PKK/KCK/PYD-YPG and Daesh terrorist groups under the framework of Turkey’s rights based on international law, the UN Security Council’s decisions and self-defense rights under the UN charter.
rab media have shed the spotlight on Turkey’s ongoing Operation Olive Branch to dislodge the PYD/PKK terrorist group from northern Syria’s Afrin city.
The operation -- aimed at eliminating PYD/PKK and Daesh elements from Syria's Afrin -- was launched at 5 p.
" The operation, aimed at eliminating PYD/PKK and Daesh elements from Syria's Afrin, was launched at 5 p.
” Turkey on Saturday launched Operation Olive Branch to remove PYD/PKK and Daesh terrorists from Syria's Afrin.
-led coalition is training the PKK/PYD-led SDF as a “stabilization” and “hold force.