With the liberation of Afrin, Turkey will have dealt a major blow to PKK terrorists and their sponsors and seriously undermine efforts to create a terror corridor across northern Syria.
The war in Syria is a clear example demonstrating the collapse of the global role ascribed to the U.S. as a major stabilizing force.
U.S. officials underestimating Turkey’s security concerns on its Syrian border damages NATO allies Turkey and the U.S.’s bilateral relations.
If Washington reconsiders its YPG policy, it will understand its irrational expectations of Ankara.
Just as Turkey supports its allies in their fight against terrorism, they should support Turkey in its fight against terrorism, whether it is Daesh, the PKK or FETO.
Washington needs to understand the legitimate reasons why Turkey launched its anti-terrorism operation against the YPG in northern Syria.
The main reason for Operation Olive Branch was the U.S.-led coalition’s plan to transform the YPG into a border security force.
While Turkey has consistently called for the U.S. regime to stop funding the YPG, the Trump administration justified its support in terms of its fight against Daesh. However, reminding that the Daesh threat in Syria had been eliminated, Ibrahim Kalin emphasized that there was no need for the U.S. to continue to support the terrorist group.
Operation Olive Branch is as important for the security of Europe as much as it is for Turkey’s national security.
On Wednesday 20 January, President Erdogan emphasized that Turkey’s concern in Syria’s Afrin region is the “establishment of justice, not land.”