World Bulletin / News Desk
Chairman of the opposition Nationalist Movement Party (MHP) has voiced support for Turkey's ongoing military operation in Afrin, northern Syria, aimed at eliminating terrorist groups nested in the region.
"There is no other way to clear our borders from terror," Devlet Bahceli told reporters Sunday at a news conference in Kizilcahamam near capital Ankara.
Turkey on Saturday launched Operation Olive Branch to remove PYD/PKK and ISIL elements from Syria's Afrin.
The Turkish General Staff has said the operation was aimed at establishing security and stability along Turkish borders and the region as well as eliminating PKK/KCK/PYD-YPG and ISIL terror groups, and protecting the Syrian people from the oppression and cruelty of terrorists.
"We support Operation Olive Branch against PKK/PYD terror organization. This is a national cause," Bahceli said.
"The operational partner of the United States should be rooted out. PKK, PYD, and YPG which are disguised as the Syrian Democratic Forces should be cleared off of our borders," Bahceli said.
Turkey is conducting the operation under the framework of its rights based on international law, UN Security Council’s decisions, especially no. 1624 (2005), 2170 (2014) and 2178 (2014) and as per the self-defense right under the 51st item of the UN charter, while being respectful of Syria’s territorial integrity.
The military also said only terrorist targets were being destroyed and “utmost importance” was being given to not harm any civilian.
Afrin has been a major hideout for the PYD/PKK since July 2012 when the Assad regime in Syria left the city to the terror group without putting up a fight.
The Turkish cities of Kilis and Hatay across the Syrian border are within the firing range of the PYD/PKK group from Afrin, which sits atop a hill. The terror group has also used Amanos Mountains to penetrate from Syria into Turkey.
The PYD/PKK depends on Afrin to connect to the Mediterranean from northwestern Syria.
The terrorist organization has also threatened gains made from Operations Euphrates Shield and Idlib de-escalation zone over Afrin.
A quarter of Syria's lands and 65 percent of Turkey-Syria border are currently under occupation of the terrorist organization.
Anti-drug teams seize 310 kg of skunk and 130 kg of heroin
Turkish president is expected to attend 30 rallies as part of his election campaign, says ruling AK Party
16 suspects arrested during operations in Istanbul, Ordu and Aksaray provinces
Heroin has been found concealed in pipes in trailer's bed in northwestern Kocaeli province
Turkish floating power plant will supply 150 megawatts of power to Sudan's national energy grid
Turkish Aerospace Industries will produce elevator for Boeing 737 MAX aircraft
Turks living in Germany have democratic right to be informed by politicians of Turkish parties: Recep Akdag
Cavusoglu congratulates Lavrov on reappointment as foreign minister
Fuat Akkaya, Zeynal Kucuk are among 5 terrorists killed in counter-terrorism operation in Tunceli province
Deputy Abdullah Terzi informs Turkish Supreme Board of Election about his party BTP's decision
TurkPatent receives more than 40,000 trademark and 5,000 patent applications in Jan.-April period
Migrants include Syrian, Iraqi, Algerian, Palestinian, Pakistani, Libyan, Iranian, Moroccan nationals
2 former high-ranking officers handed down aggravated life sentences over their links to FETO
Ambassadors of all countries, except Israel, invited at ruling Justice and Development Party’s headquarters