Republican People’s Party Deputy Chair Tezcan says his party hopes Turkish army achieves goal in Afrin.
Presidential spokesman Ibrahim Kalin stated that Turkey’s actions in Syria, which are aimed at protecting its own national security, are definitely not a move against Syrian Kurds.
Pentagon spokesman Eric Pahon stated that the U.S. will train PKK/PYD-led SDF forces as a “hold force” and not as a “Border Security Force.”
Following Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s visit to France and Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu’s visit to Germany, Turkey-EU relations are expected to gain momentum in 2018.
On Thursday 18 January, the U.S. State dept urged Turkey to refrain from taking any action in Afrin, Syria, calling on the Ankara administration to remain focused on the fight against Daesh.
Following the U.S. failure to attract international support for its Jerusalem decision and following the embarrassment of the Trump administration at the United Nations General Assembly, where the U.S. was left isolated in the international realm, President Trump had threatened to cut aid to UN-member countries.
The new border force announced by the U.S., consisting of PKK/YPG militants will only serve to be harmful to the political solution in Syria.
Mevlut Cavusoglu stated that Turkey may expand its operations in northern Syria to Manbij city and east of the Euphrates River after Afrin has been cleared.
Julien Sanchez, member of the National Front and Mayor of the town Beucaire has outlawed alternatives to pork in school canteens, arguing that substitute meals are “anti-republican” and violate France’s secular principles.
The Turkish and Russian Foreign Ministry have re-iterated that they are expecting an explanation from the U.S. administration in regards to the so-called “Syrian Border Security Force.”