Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Tuesday said the operation would "not stop until we eliminate the terror threat from our border and ensure a secure return for our Turkish brothers to their country". Macron said he would talk to Erdogan in the coming days. A human rights group says 67 civilians have been killed in the operation.
"While Turkey continues its aggression on Afrin, the real victims of this war are refugees, babies, women and children", he said, adding that Turkey's actions were likely to have worsened the prospects for peace in the region. Like many people in Azaz, he is a supporter of the "Olive Branch' operations against the SDF in Afrin".
Another rocket landed in Kirikhan district later on Wednesday, near the Turkey-Syria border; no casualties were reported. Similarly, Turkey has never had any hostility toward Syrian Kurds who are part of the Syrian people like Arabs, Turkmens, Muslims, non-Muslims and many others. Turkish forces also announced their intention to move on the city of Manbij, home to a major USA base and a city Turkish President Recap Tayyip Erdogan has vowed to "clean up".
Turkey swiftly responded to Macron's remarks, with Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yildirim saying the French president has a "flawed understanding" of Turkey's cross-border offensive. He said "This is a crooked idea from the start. They should know it".
Claims in your January 29 editorial "In Syria, a North Atlantic Treaty Organisation nation changes teams" such as "Turkey sees the Syrian Kurds as terrorists" and "Ankara's hated enemy, the Kurds" were utterly inappropriate and baseless.
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In addition, we have Turkey's distancing of the SDF from any view towards the solution in Syria and Russia's acceptance of this that has led to the SDF's departure from the political and military labors and its departure from the negotiations as American leverage.
Ankara began a cross-border operation dubbed "Olive Branch" supporting Syrian rebels with air strikes and ground troops in northern Syria against the People's Protection Units (YPG) militia and its western enclave of Afrin on January 20.
Russian Federation had reiterated that Sochi talks are not an alternative to the Geneva talks but as a booster to the United Nations peace process.
A British diplomatic source told The National "There is no doubt that everything that is going on is giving us very little room to manoeuvre".