Syrian Kurdish Winnipeggers protest violence in Syria

Marsha Scott
March 12, 2018

The Turkish Armed Forces and Free Syrian Army clear five more villages in Syria's northwestern enclave of Afrin from the PKK-linked YPG as part of Operation Olive Branch.


Turkey has long criticized Germany for not taking serious measures against the PKK, which uses the country as a platform for their fund-raising, recruitment, and propaganda activities.

Erdoğan said North Atlantic Treaty Organisation member Turkey sent troops to conflict zones when requested - giving the examples of Somalia, Afghanistan and the Balkan region - but did not receive necessary support for its Afrin mission in return.

Ankara, since January 20th, has launched a large-scale military offensive against the Syrian Kurdish People's Protection Units (YPG) in Afrin.

"We now define the forces that we said were our allies and friends according to the actions they take in the field, not by the words they say to us", he said.

Syrian Kurdish families in Winnipeg say they've lost relatives during attacks by the Turkish Army, who have moved ground forces into northwestern Syria.

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Turkish jets have destroyed at least 18 PKK terror group targets in northern Iraq, the military said on Sunday.

"Since the beginning of the Afrin operation 3,300 terrorists have been neutralized", he added.

Meanwhile, 7,858 people attempting to illegally cross Turkish borders were also detained during this period.

During the campaign it has managed to gain control over all the Afrin region's border areas with Turkey, including several small towns and a large number of villages.

The operation took place during the weekend, Turkey's official Anadolu news agency reported on Sunday.

Other reports by MaliBehiribAe

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