Presidential aide: Turkey owes no explanation for Afrin
Ibrahim Kalin says any step to support PKK in Afrin will be considered terrorist act
By Baris Gundogan
Presidential Spokesman Ibrahim Kalin said Wednesday that Turkey does what is best for its national interest, as the country entered the second month of an ongoing operation in northwestern Syria.
During a media briefing in capital Ankara, Kalin dismissed opposition to the operation in Afrin.
He said: "
He denied making any official contact with the Syrian regime, adding: "But under extraordinary
He said any step to support PYD/PKK in Afrin will be counted as a terrorist act and those taking them will be a legitimate target.
On Jan. 20, Turkey launched Operation Olive Branch to clear PYD/PKK and Daesh terrorists from Afrin.
According to the Turkish General Staff, the operation aims to establish security and stability along Turkey's borders and the region as well as protect Syrians from terrorist oppression and cruelty.
The operation is being carried out under the framework of Turkey's rights based on international law, UN Security Council resolutions, its self-defense rights under the UN charter, and respect for Syria's territorial integrity, it said.
The military also said only terror targets were being destroyed and that "utmost care" was being taken to not harm civilians.Anadolu Agency website contains only a portion of the news stories offered to subscribers in the AA News Broadcasting System (HAS), and in summarized form. Please contact us for subscription options.