Talks continue to prevent US-Turkey intra-NATO clash

Herbert Rhodes
February 1, 2018

The Turkish General Staff announced the start of Operation Olive Branch in Syrian Afrin on January 20.

Reportedly, battles are also underway to liberate Maranez and Bafel heights.

At least 63 more militants have been "neutralized" in Turkey's "Operation Olive Branch" in Syria, the Turkish General Staff said on January 31.

F-16 fighters of the Turkish Air Force are involved in the operation, inflicting strikes on the positions of PYD/YPG on the Syrian-Turkish border, .

President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has accused association members of being "terrorist lovers" and his government has cracked down on criticism of the offensive.

This has been a problem long coming, as Turkey has been complaining about United States support for the Kurdish YPG for years, and has telegraphed that they'd eventually invade Syria to get them.

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A German-Kurdish player previously convicted of support for Kurdish separatists in Turkey has been banned for life, the Turkish Football Federation (TFF) said on Tuesday.

Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yildirim told a press conference in Ankara that 17-year-old Fatma Avlar was killed in a rocket attack. The attacks inside Turkey have so far killed four people, including Avlar.

The operation is being carried out under the framework of Turkey's rights based on global law, U.N. Security Council resolutions, its self-defense rights under the U.N. charter, and respect for Syria's territorial integrity, it said. Two of the victims were Syrian refugees.

Talks with Turkey to prevent a military clash in northern Syria between the two North Atlantic Treaty Organisation allies are "close and continuing", Pentagon officials said Monday.

French President Emmanuel Macron, in an interview with French daily Le Figaro, expressed his concern regarding the possibility of a Turkish "invasion" in the Kurdish enclave of Afrin, in Syria, as part of Turkey's recently launched military campaign there.

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