Erdogan censures North Atlantic Treaty Organisation for not helpimg in Turkey's Syria operations

At least seven suspects held in Turkey for PKK terror propaganda

At least seven suspects held in Turkey for PKK terror propaganda

North Atlantic Treaty Organisation was criticized by Turkey's president for not supporting the country's ongoing military offensive against Syrian Kurdish fighters in Syria.

A total of 3,347 terrorists have been "neutralized" since the start of Operation Olive Branch in Syria's northwestern Afrin region, the Turkish General Staff said in a statement on Monday morning.

The United States however has worked closely with the YPG in the fight against IS and the campaign has raised tensions with Turkey's North Atlantic Treaty Organisation ally Washington.

Ankara launched the offensive on January 20, with the aim of dislodging the People's Protection Units (YPG), a USA -backed Kurdish militia that Turkey considers to be a terrorist group. He also vowed to sweep away Kurdish fighters from the length of the border.

Erdogan questioned why North Atlantic Treaty Organisation had not come to Turkey's aid in its Syria operation when Ankara had backed critical alliance campaigns worldwide.

"Hey NATO where are you?" Unfortunately, until now, there has not been a positive word or voice. "Are we not a North Atlantic Treaty Organisation member?"

Under NATO charter, an attack on one of the alliance's members is an attack on them all. "Are we not a North Atlantic Treaty Organisation member?" The latter has been fighting for an autonomous region inside Turkey since 1984.

The military intervention came after the U.S. said it would set up a 30,000-strong militant border force at Turkish doorstep. Turkey considers the YPG an extension of the PKK.

Ayn al-Arab, better known by its Kurdish name Kobane, has huge symbolic importance as it was the epicentre of a struggle with Islamic State (IS) jihadists which was eventually won by the Kurds.

The defeat of ISIS has been welcomed in many parts of Syria and Kurdish militia have staked their right to control the regions in East Syria which had a Kurdish majority population.

Overt talk of trying to rein them in is likely to add to the sense among many YPG leaders that the United States is a fair-weather fried that can't be counted on when the chips are down.

Qamishli is seen as the main town of the YPG-controlled region.

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