Turkey’s victory in Afrin will provide more opportunities for strategic manoeuvres in Ankara’s next military move, particularly towards its ongoing military campaign against the PKK in northern Syria.
The U.S. should have realised that Turkey was not bluffing about clearing its border from all terrorist elements.
On March 3, 2018, Turkey’s Office of the Prime Ministry, Directorate General of Press and Information took foreign reporters and NGOs to operation areas in Syria to show how Operation Olive Branch is proceeding.
Contrary to claims from some malicious circles, the main reason for Turkey’s presence in Syria is to purge its border of terrorist elements.
On a statement made on Monday, the Turkish General Staff announced that a total of 1,641 PYD/PKK and Daesh terrorists have been neutralized since the beginning of Operation Olive Branch.
Many anti-personnel landmines, which are banned by the Ottawa Treaty, have been found in areas liberated from terrorists during the Turkish Armed Forces’ ongoing operation in Syria’s Afrin region.
On Monday 12 February, the Turkish Armed Forces announced that a total of 1,369 PKK/KCK/PYD-YPG and Daesh terrorists have been “neutralized” since the launch of Operation Olive Branch in Syria’s Afrin region.
In order to aid their fight against the Turkish Armed Forces and the Free Syrian Army, PYD/PKK released Daesh members from prisons in Afrin, Raqqa ad Deir ez-Zour on the basis that they fight against the Turkish forces.
With the Operation Olive Branch taking place, the Turkish Red Crescent has announced that it is preparing for the accommodation of over 50,000 people near Afrin.
Washington needs to understand the legitimate reasons why Turkey launched its anti-terrorism operation against the YPG in northern Syria.