Published: Sat, February 10, 2018
Global News | By Stacy Ballard

Turkey's Afrin Operation Draws in Armenians, Azeris

Turkey's Afrin Operation Draws in Armenians, Azeris

Turkey said Thursday it is planning to host in Istanbul a new three-way summit on Syria with the presidents of Russian Federation and Iran, as the three powers seek to salvage increasingly fragile efforts to end the fighting.

Since Olive Branch began, around 600 people have been detained in Turkey for criticising the operation on social media.

Turkish forces have been carrying out a clearance operation against the insurgents to establish security and stability along Turkey's borders. The date of the summit would be set in coming weeks. Turkey used its connections with the Syrian rebels to help repatriate the pilot's body.

These bans have taken place in a context of repeated restrictions on the rights of LGBTQ people, such as the ban of Pride Marches around the country by Turkish authorities - including of Istanbul Pride in 2015, 2016 and 2017.

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"The Turkish armed forces are not in Afrin to fight armed Kurdish groups".

By crossing the river, the pro-government forces would have violated the existing de-confliction agreement between Washington and Moscow, approaching US -backed forces based near an oil field. Gen. Igor Konashenkov said Wednesday "al-Qaida terrorists have become an obedient tool in the hands of one or several technologically advanced nations unhappy about Russia's key role in Syria".

The Security Council is now deadlocked on Syria, with Russian Federation blocking a statement proposed by Sweden and Kuwait supporting five points urged by Lowcock.

Prosecutors in the capital Ankara ordered the warrants, said the source, who asked not to be named due to restrictions on talking to the media. "Now it's very ambiguous, now it's seen as a threat", said Iranian expert Djamshid Assadi of the Burgundy School of Business in France.

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During a phone interview with The Independent, a former IS fighter named Faraj from northeast Syria, who reportedly closely monitors the movement of extremists, said Turkey was "training IS members and sending them to Afrin".

Erdogan has repeatedly vowed to press the offensive east to Manbij, where the United States has a presence. Analysts says Erdogan's commitment to prevent Washington's goal of creating a defense force made up of the Syrian Kurdish militia, along with his pledge to remove those forces from the strategically important Syrian town of Manbij, are probably welcomed by Tehran.

"We got the majority of the missiles we have from the black market in Idlib, Azaz, Al Bab and Jarablus", Mr Mahmoud said, naming areas of Syria under the control of those groups.

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