Turkish offensive against Kurds in north-eastern Syria deepens conflict

by Garry Watts January 31, 2018, 4:18
Turkish offensive against Kurds in north-eastern Syria deepens conflict

A war monitor, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, said Turkey and its allied rebel groups had taken the hill, which overlooks the major Syrian town of Azaz, which they also hold.

President Recep Tayyip Erdogan accused the TTB of treason on Sunday.

"My statement following the match was the reason for them to file a complaint against me", he told Turkish media.

An investigation by found that Turkish soldiers in the northern Syria region of Afrin are sharing geotagged videos and images on Instagram as units move through the border cities of Kilis to the north and Reyhanli to the south of Turkey.

Ankara has labeled the US-backed Kurdish forces a "terrorist organization" and has been infuriated by Washington's support for the YPG.

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Thus far the PYD/YPG - which Turkey correctly claims is merely the Syrian arm of the Kurdistan Workers′ Party (PKK) - has mostly avoided meeting the Turkish force in the open and has instead chosen tactical retreat and ambush over engagement.

Despite calls for restraint in Syria from the United States and concern from the European Union, Turkey has stepped up its offensive in recent days, while threatening to further expand it and also cracking down on critics at home.

The letter, published by Turkey's Hurriyet daily, said the Orthodox Church had not forgotten that hundreds of thousands of people were now displaced because of the Syrian conflict.

Ozcelik said it was the first time in the association's history that all its executive members had been ordered detained.

"War is a man-made public health problem", read the statement from the Turkish Medical Association (TTB), which represents 80 percent of the country's doctors.


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