Turkey Opens Fire on Regime Forces In Afrin

In a statement on Wednesday, President Tayyip Erdogan's spokesman warned that any pro-Syrian regime forces attempting to enter the Afrin region would face "serious consequences" after a Syrian military convoy was hit by Turkish artillery fire.

Mr Kalin warned that Syrian regime forces would become a "legitimate target" if they continued siding with the Kurdish militia fighters.

The government was asked for military help by a Kurdish militia that has been trying to repel an offensive by Turkish troops and allied Syrian rebels.

Turkey had threatened to confront government forces if they intervened, raising the prospect of direct conflict between two of the main players in Syria's civil war.

On Jan. 20, Turkey launched Operation Olive Branch to clear PYD/PKK and Daesh terrorists from Afrin in northwestern Syria.

The Turkish General Staff has said the Afrin operation is aimed at establishing security and stability along Turkish borders and the region as well as protecting Syrians from terrorist oppression and cruelty.


They say it is an extension of the banned Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK), which has fought for Kurdish autonomy in south-eastern Turkey for three decades.

The campaign, designated as illegal by the Syrian government, has met growing criticism even among Turkey's allies, including the United States, which backs the YPG and other anti-government forces in northern Syria.

He asserted that the Kurdish self-governing administration in Afrin will not be compromised. Unfortunately, terrorist groups like these sometimes make missteps according to their own decisions.

Nauert said Tillerson and Erdogan made a commitment to one another during the meeting and both Washington and Ankara recognized that the two countries had not worked well enough together over the past few years. "They will pay a heavy price for this".

Since the start of the operation, the terrorist groups carried out cross-border attacks on Turkey by firing rockets and mortar shells on civilian neighborhoods.

Turkey reached no previous agreement with Syrian President Bashar al-Assad before entering Syria's territory.


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