Turkey detains medics for speaking against Syria offensive

Posted February 01, 2018

An investigation by found that Turkish soldiers in the northern Syria region of Afrin are sharing geotagged videos and images on Instagram as units move through the border cities of Kilis to the north and Reyhanli to the south of Turkey.

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

On January 20, the Turkish Armed Forces launched a joint operation with the Free Syrian Army opposition forces against Kurdish militants in Afrin.

Turkish prime minister Binali Yildirim said the French president had a "flawed understanding" of Turkey's operations in Syria.

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Turkey's Catholic Church, whose seven dioceses and apostolic vicariates have around 53,000 members, according to the Vatican, has not commented on the military campaign. One of them, 17-year-old Fatma Avlar, died from her wounds, the agency said.

Ankara views the YPG as a terror organisation allied to the outlawed Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) inside Turkey but the USA has been backing it as a key secular ally in the fight against the Islamic State group.

The attacks inside Turkey have so far killed four people, including Ms Avlar.

"If the operation became more than fighting a potential terrorist threat on the Turkish border and turns out to be an invasion operation, we would have a real problem with that", Macron told Le Figaro daily. Two of the victims were Syrian refugees.

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

Manning said he did not know if the US has agreed to stop arming and training its Syrian allies, another request by Turkey.

This is while United States officials regard the YPG as the most effective fighting force against the Daesh Takfiri terrorist group in northern Syria, and have substantially increased their weaponry and technology support to the group.

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