According to Cologne police, rallies by PKK-affiliated organization NAV-DEM scheduled for today (Thursday) in Cologne and Leverkusen were forbidden due to repeated violations of the law and crimes committed by members of the group in recent weeks.
Member of the European Parliament, Kati Piri has stated that the PKK terrorist organization does not pose a threat for the European Union.
While some Turkish fighter jets took off from the base, others remained on alert. Meanwhile, military cargo planes kept arriving and leaving the base.
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Sunday afternoon said the ongoing Operation Olive Branch in Syria’s Afrin will be completed “in very short time”.
Republican People’s Party Deputy Chair Tezcan says his party hopes Turkish army achieves goal in Afrin.
2017 has been a turning point for Turkey’s fight against terrorism as the diversity and differentiation of terror threats, the structural problems in security architecture and the lack of trust in international alliances forced Turkey to accelerate its efforts in this regard.
As a result of its alliance with the US, the PKK expanded territories it captured and began to consolidate its territorial control in the Middle East.
The PKK terrorist organization has killed around 400 civilians in the last two years, including politicians, workers and teachers.
In a written statement, Pentagon spokesman Colonel Rob Manning claimed that equipment provided to the PKK/PYD by the US will be regained after “specific threats have been defeated.”
Turkey is yet to come out of its decades-old fight against the PKK, and thus the creation and support for the PYD is supposed to be a great security threat for the country.