Life gradually returns to the city of Afrin – March 22. 2018
According to the General Staff, Operation Olive Branch aims to establish security and stability along Turkey's borders and the region as well as protect Syrians from terrorist cruelty and oppression.
"Turks are letting us, the PKK is the ones not giving the permit". If that was not possible Turkey would prevent them itself, the council added. Unlike the areas the Turks have attacked thus far, American troops are stationed in Manbij.
Turkey has since then threatened to attack the SDF-controlled town of Manbij in Syria bordering Afrin, which was taken from IS in 2016 - and where the U.S. has stationed troops.
Macron spoke with U.S. President Donald Trump on Tuesday about the situation in northern Syria.
A Syrian official had told The Associated Press earlier that a roadside bomb exploded in the mixed Arab-Kurdish town of Manbij.
All three countries - France, Turkey and the United States - are North Atlantic Treaty Organisation partners but the rift over Syria has increasingly strained relations.
"Those who enter into cooperation and solidarity with terror groups against Turkey ... will, like the terrorists, become a target of Turkey".
Turkish Defense Minister Nurettin Canikli warned "if France takes any steps regarding its military presence in northern Syria, this would be an illegitimate step that would go against global law and in fact, it would be an invasion".
Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, delivers a speech at his ruling Justice and Development (AKP) Party conference in Ankara, Friday, March 30, 2018. "We are extremely saddened by France's wrong stance on this". Erdogan snorted, referring to the Syrian Kurds. "You can sit down at the table with terror organisations but Turkey will continue its fight against terror".
The spokesperson noted that Turkey's position on the attitude towards terrorists in Syria is very clear. "We hope France does not take such an irrational step".
In his address in Ankara, the Turkish leader also said he held a telephone conversation with Macron last week during which the French leader made "bizarre" comments that forced Erdogan to raise his voice and respond with a "high frequency". Some members of the group evoked an eventual intervention by France in northern Syria to support them in the midst of the military operation launched by Turkey in the area.
The attack is being considered to be the deadliest one by the PKK for months and is being taken as a revenge for Turkey's current offensive in northern Syria, said a reporter from Syria.
Those killed are reported to be from a village guard militia, which acts in support of the Turkish army, in the Erud district of Siirt province.
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