Pro-Kurdish Demonstrators Clash With Turkish Supporters, German Police At Duesseldorf Airport

Randolph Lopez
March 12, 2018

Turkey views the YPG as an extension of the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK), which is deemed a terrorist group by the USA, the European Union and Turkey.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has threatened to "purge" Kurdish militia from the town of Afrin as his forces and allied Syrian rebels advanced to within a few kilometres. "Where are you?", RT quoted Erdogan as saying on Sunday.

"Hey NATO where are you?"

In mid-February, Turkey marked 66 years of North Atlantic Treaty Organisation membership.

Several people in Germany were left injured after police used pepper spray against some demonstrators opposed to Turkey's ongoing military operation "Olive Branch" against the Kurdish People's Protection Units (YPG) in Syria's Afrin region.

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On Jan. 20, the Turkish Armed Forces, together with the Free Syrian Army, launched the Operation Olive Branch in Afrin, Syria. But seeing Turkey's adamant position, they did not find [the] resolve to do so, "he added". A report in Aljazeera says that residents of Afrin plan on creating a human chain to protect YPG fighters against Turkey's assault on the city. When Ankara reaches it, the troops will be pulled out of the country, he stated.

Erdogan said that Turkey shares a 911-kilometer (566-mile) border with Syria, adding that it has been harassed by both terrorist groups and the Syrian regime.

Washington has repeatedly called upon Turkey to stop its "aggression" against the Afrin region, omitting the fact that the US-led coalition itself spent years in Syria without any invitation from the government or worldwide approval.

The YPG too denies any direct organisational links to Turkey's PKK- an assertion backed by a US -led coalition whose air strikes have helped the militia and allied Arab fighters drive Islamic State militants out of tens of thousands of square kilometres of Syria.

According to RT, the Turkish leader also reiterated his earlier statements, that his only goal in Syria was the "fight against terrorism".

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