Erdogan Slams NATO For Lack Of Support In Syria

Breaking point in relations with US’ – Turkish FM

Turkey launched its offensive against the YPG on January 20 claiming that the Kurdish forces, which it argues are an offshoot of the banned Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK), represent a "terrorist" threat to its southern borders.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Saturday said his forces would be inside Afrin in a matter of days, but for humanitarian reasons they were taking their time to strategise and prevent civilian deaths.

"What the Kurds are saying with this human shield is that "we dare you to consider the humanitarian issues". AP reported Erdogan accused the alliance of double standards.

Erdogan added that a total of 3,300 YPG/PKK and Daesh terrorists have been "neutralized" in Afrin since the start of Operation Olive Branch in northwestern Syria.

"Hey NATO, with what has been going on in Syria, when are you going to come and be alongside us?" "Are we not a North Atlantic Treaty Organisation member?"

However, it remains to be seen if the USA allows Turkey to continue with its offensive or intervenes to protect the force that is vital to maintaining control of huge swathes of ungoverned Syria.

He said Turkey sent troops to conflict zones when requested, but did not receive support in return. Ankara is wary of the presence of Kurdish militants close to its borders in Syria, and has been opposed to Washington's efforts to train and arm them in the Arab country.

Washington has repeatedly called upon Turkey to stop its "aggression" against the Afrin region, omitting the fact that the US-led coalition itself spent years in Syria without any invitation from the government or worldwide approval, RT reported.

"The images of people celebrating the arrival of Turkish soldiers in Afrin says everything, although western media is trying to portray Turkey's presence in Afrin differently", Tasli added.

The Syrian regime has chosen to ally itself with the Kurdish YPG in its fight against Turkey in Afrin, despite being at odds elsewhere in Syria.

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