Contents tagged with Olive Branch operation

  • Turkey preparing new military operation in Syria

    President of Turkey Recep Tayyip Erdogan stated that the country is in the final stages of preparation of a new military operation in Syria, reported Anadolu news agency.

    “With God’s help, in the near future, we will free new territories and secure peace there,” said Erdogan.

    He noted that Ankara is in the final stage of preparing for an operation in new Syrian regions. So, just like before, with the military operations “Euphrates Shield” and “Olive Branch,” stability could be achieved. …

  • Turkey decides to work together with US in Syria

    Turkey will operate together with the United States in Syrian city of Manbij, as stated by the country’s Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mevlut Cavusoglu.

    The Foreign Minister also added that Ankara is considering a "lucrative offer" to purchase a Patriot system from the US.

    A day earlier, NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg announced that Turkey had agreed to cooperate with Italy and France on the purchase of air defense systems and had also discussed the possibility of acquiring similar …

  • Turkey calls possible deployment of French troops in Syria 'attempted occupation'

    The possible dispatch of a French military contingent to Syria to assist the Kurdish armed groups could be considered an attempt to occupy Syrian territory. A statement to this effect was made by Turkish Defense Minister Nurettin Canikli on Saturday, as reported by Anadolu.

    “In view of the nearly complete elimination of the Islamic State extremist group in Syria, no legal justification for deploying the military contingents of foreign states in Syrian territory remains. If France attempts to …

  • Germany continues to arm Ankara despite Turkey's attacks on Kurds in Syria

    Germany continues to supply weapons to Ankara, even after the start of a Turkish military operation against the Kurds in Syria, as reported on Friday, March 30, by the German public-service channel ARD, citing a response by the German Foreign Ministry to a parliamentary inquiry by the Left Party.

    Since January 20, the report said, Germany has issued permits valued at 4.4 million euros for the supply of arms and ammunition to Turkey.

    Anton Hofreiter, co-chair of the Green parliamentary faction …

  • Erdogan: No disagreements between Turkey and Russia on Afrin

    Turkey and Russia have no disagreements concerning the military operation “Olive Branch” that Turkey is carrying out in the Syrian region of Afrin, as stated by Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan at a press conference while flying back from a tour of Africa, the TRT Haber TV channel reported.

    “We do not have disagreements with Russia concerning Afrin. We will continue to establish observation points in Idlib. Eight such points have already been established. In the future we are planning to …

  • Media: Damascus and Kurds agree to bring Syrian army into Afrin

    Both the Syrian government and the Kurdish People’s Protection Units (YPG) have agreed that Damascus’s forces should be brought into Afrin in order to “repel the attack by Turkey”, reported the TV channel Al-Mayadeen with reference to its own sources in Syria.

    The source clarified that the agreement was reached after the relevant negotiations. According to Al-Mayadeen’s sources in the republic, Syrian Deputy Foreign Minister Faisal Mekdad has announced that the movement of Syrian forces into …

  • Turkey suffers greatest troop losses in Syria

    Since the start of the Turkish army’s “Olive Branch” operation against the Kurds in Syria, 30 Turkish soldiers have been killed and more than 70 have been wounded.

    On February the 10th, two Turkish soldiers were killed in a helicopter crash in Turkey’s Hatay province on the Turkey-Syria border, and a total of 11 soldiers were killed in that 24-hour period. This was reported by the news outlet Anadolu, citing the General Staff of the Turkish Armed Forces. Photos have been published of six of …

  • Syria complains to UN Secretary General and Security Council about Turkish operation

    Syrian authorities appealed to UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres and to the UN Security Council with a complaint about the actions of Turkey, which is conducting a military operation in the area of Afrin in Syria. In letters to the international organization, Damascus referred to Ankara’s actions as “occupation” and “armed aggression,” the Syrian state news agency SANA reported.

    “The presence of any foreign military forces in the country’s territory without its consent is aggression and …

  • Ankara: Turkey will continue military operation in Syria even if it goes against US interests

    In an interview published the website of Evropeyskaya Pravda, Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu claims that Ankara will continue military operations in Syria, even if this goes against the interests of the United States.

    “When a member of NATO arms terrorists who attack another member of NATO, this grossly violates the fundamental principles of the Alliance. This type of policy is not normal, and it must be rectified,” said Cavusoglu with regard to the United States’ decision to arm …

  • Turkey to expand military operation on Syrian border

    Turkey intends to expand its military operation against the Kurdish militarized groups known as the People’s Protection Units (YPG) along Turkey’s entire border with Syria, said Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Friday January 26, DW reports.

    “Operation Olive Branch will continue, until all the set objectives have been achieved,” the president said, emphasizing that the Turkish forces would “liberate” the city of Manbij from “terrorists”, as well as all the other territory along the …