Kurds clash with police in Germany, UK over Turkey's Afrin campaign

At least seven suspects held in Turkey for PKK terror propaganda

Turkey has been waging "Operation Olive Branch" against Syria's Afrin region since January 20 in a bid to eliminate the YPG, which forms the backbone of the so-called Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) that enjoys United States support. The document, however, only stated that the ceasefire did not apply to such groups as Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIL/ISIS), Al-Qaeda and Al-Nusra front, and did not describe any Kurdish militias as terrorists.

Turkey launched a solo military offensive against the Syrian Kurdish People's Protection Units or YPG on January 20 to clear them from Afrin in northwestern Syria.

The Turkish Armed Forces (TAF) and Free Syrian Army (FSA) fighters are now only five kilometers away from the Afrin city center, as Turkey's Operation Olive Branch enters its 50th day.

Erdogan said on Sunday Turkish troops and allied Syrian rebels were now just four to five kilometres from Afrin. The operation was not to "occupy" but "liberate", he said, and then hand over to local residents. "Once Afrin is captured, it will be delivered to its true owners", said Erdoğan.

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In a statement to the UN Security Council, the Kurdish council that governs Afrin on Sunday demanded a response to the Turkish offensive. AP reported Erdogan accused the alliance of double standards.

USA support for the YPG in the fight against Daesh in Syria has strained ties between Ankara and Washington, both members of the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation military alliance.

Managing alliances in Syria has always been a struggle for the USA, as underscored by how often two US-armed allies end up directly fighting one another. Erdogan said in remarks to supporters in Bolu, a city east of Istanbul. Unfortunately, until now, there has not been a positive word or voice. North Atlantic Treaty Organisation is an Alliance that was founded by 11 European countries and the U.S.in 1949 which today consists of 29 independent member countries.

Airstrikes on PKK targets in northern Iraq, where the terrorist organization has its main base in the Qandil Mountain region, near the Iranian border, have been carried out regularly since July 2015, when the PKK resumed its armed terror campaign.

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