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

7 suspects held in Turkey for PKK terror propaganda

7 suspects held in Turkey for PKK terror propaganda

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan addressed the ruling Justice and Development (AK) Party's sixth provincial congress in Turkey's Mersin on Saturday, Yeni Safak reports.

The Syrian regime has chosen to ally itself with the Kurdish YPG in its fight against Turkey in Afrin, despite being at odds elsewhere in Syria.

The Turkish General Staff has said that the operation aims to establish security and stability along Turkey's borders and the region as well as protect Syrians from the oppression and cruelty of terrorists. AP reported Erdogan accused the alliance of double standards.

President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan accused North Atlantic Treaty Organisation of "not supporting" Turkey in its ongoing military operation in the northwestern Syrian district of Afrin, criticizing "double standards" in the alliance.

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"With these things happening in Syria, when will you, NATO, take our side?" he said. Unfortunately, until now, there has not been a positive word or voice.

United States support for the YPG in the fight against Daesh in Syria has strained ties between Ankara and Washington, both members of the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation military alliance. "Are we not a North Atlantic Treaty Organisation member?" North Atlantic Treaty Organisation is an Alliance that was founded by 11 European countries and the 1949 which today consists of 29 independent member countries.

Erdogan is referring to the NATO (North Atlantic Treaty Organization) vow that member states make to one another, known as Article 5: that an attack against any member state will be considered an attack against all member states, and will draw an immediate and mutual response. In January, U.S. had announced plans to help the Kurdish militia form a 30,000-strong "border security force" which was received in Ankara with alarm and anger. Some US-backed militias in Syria have switched their priorities from fighting IS terrorists to battling Turkish troops and affiliated FSA militants.

Pro-Kurdish demonstrators staged protests against Turkey's military offensive in northern Syria on Sunday scuffling with Turks and German police at Duesseldorf airport, while in Britain they temporarily closed two train stations, authorities said. "Turkey will fight terrorists anywhere they operate", he added.

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