Turkey’s military on Friday found headquarters buildings of the terrorist group YPG/PKK during security sweeps in areas of Afrin, Syria liberated from terrorists.
Turkey launched Operation Olive Branch on Jan. 20 to clear terrorist groups from Afrin, northwestern Syria amid growing threats from the region.
On March 18, Turkish-backed troops liberated the town center of Afrin, which had been a major hideout for the YPG/PKK since 2012.
Afterwards, the Turkish military began security sweeps for mines, improvised explosive devices, and terrorist hideouts to wipe out any traces of terrorism so residents can resume their normal lives.
00:00 dk 23 Mart 2018 Yeni Şafak Turkish forces discover PKK ‘headquarters’ in Syria’s Afrin
The Turkish Armed Forces discovered one of the Kurdistan workers' Party (PKK)'s so-called headquarters during search operations in Syria's Afrin. Footage shows the rooms of the terror base which contains photographs of terrorist ringleader Abdullah Öcalan.
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The former terrorist headquarters included meeting rooms, pictures and symbols of jailed PKK head Abdullah Ocalan on the walls -- underscoring that the YPG/PKK is the PKK’s Syrian branch -- and other propaganda materials of the terrorist group.
Security forces also conducted bomb sweeps of the building, which was used by high-ranking terrorist group members.
In some parts of the building, the military found explosives planted by the terrorists.
Turkish aid group gives hot meals to Afrin residents
Turkey's Humanitarian Relief Foundation (IHH) on Friday began distributing hot meals to residents of Afrin town center, which was recently cleared of terrorists by the Turkish military and the Free Syrian Army.IHH coordination team’s Enes Kandemir told Anadolu Agency hot meals were being given to 10,000 people per day through a food bank that was established after the town was liberated.Kandemir said they gave bread, potatoes, flour and water to 1,000 families in Afrin.He added the IHH also provided diapers and baby food in the regions cleared of terrorists.Turkish aid agencies have stepped up their humanitarian assistance efforts for Afrin since Turkish troops and FSA fighters liberated the town center from YPG/PKK terrorists on March 18.Turkey launched Operation Olive Branch on Jan. 20 to clear all terrorist elements from Afrin, amid growing threats from the region.The Turkish General Staff has strongly maintained that the aim of the operation is to establish security and stability along Turkey's borders and the region as well as protect Syrians from terrorist cruelty and oppression.
New US national security aide links YPG, PKK terrorists
Shortly before being named the new U.S. national security advisor, John Bolton linked the terrorist YPG/PKK in Syria to the PKK, a group that has taken over 40,000 lives in Turkey in a 30-year terror campaign.Appearing on Fox News on March 14, Bolton was asked about the U.S. supporting groups in Syria such as the terrorist YPG/PKK.“This is, I think, part of the inadequate strategy from [Barack] Obama that unfortunately the Trump administration continued," said Bolton, a former U.S. ambassador to the UN."We supported the Kurds, we supported the Iraqi government … to defeat” Daesh, Bolton continued. "But what we didn’t adequately recognize is that these particular Kurdish forces are allied with a terrorist group inside Turkey, that the Turkish government has been fighting for many years," later specifying, “the PKK, as they’re known.”Bolton went on to say that arming the YPG/PKK terrorist group, the PKK's armed Syrian branch, is an "indication of how complicated the circumstances were and how I don’t think that the original anti-Daesh strategy was well thought out."President Donald Trump on Thursday named Bolton the next U.S. national security advisor, effective April 4.Since the Obama administration, the U.S. has supported and even armed the terrorist YPG/PKK, calling it an “effective ally” against Daesh.The Trump administration has largely continued that policy, despite Turkey documenting how the group is the Syrian branch of the PKK, a group recognized as terrorist by the U.S., EU, and Turkey.Bolton’s comments also came amid the Turkish-led Operation Olive Branch, which was launched on Jan. 20 to remove YPG/PKK and Daesh terrorists from Afrin, northwestern Syria, across Turkey’s southern border.Turkish leaders have said an operation in Manbij, Syria could follow, and have warned the U.S. that the presence of YPG/PKK forces there will not be tolerated.
Turkey to train 1,000 Afrin locals as police officers to ensure security
Civilians in Syria's northwestern Afrin are returning to liberated areas after the Turkish Armed Forces (TAF) and Free Syrian Army (FSA) cleared their villages and districts from terrorists of the Kurdistan Workers’ Party as Operation Olive Branch continues.Safety will be provided by local police officers of Afrin in the near future. Abdul Aziz Tammo, a representative of the 30-member local council, which was designated during the Afrin congress in Turkey’s southern province Gaziantep, and also the president of the “Association of Independent Syrian Kurds,” explained that Turkey will train and appoint one thousand local police officers in the first stage.“The youngsters will ensure order in the center of the Afrin district. Turkey will provide law and order, security and safety training to one thousand Afrin locals within the next three to six months. After training has been concluded, the true owners of Afrin will provide security in the Afrin city center and its villages. In the meantime, the Turkish military will provide security. The Turkish military are our brothers and sisters,” he said.World will witnessHe also stated that residents who fled the region due to the oppression of the [PKK] terrorist organization were returning home. “When people return and feel the peace and security, they will tell their relatives and friends living in other cities. This will be a model for the world. We want to show the world how the Syrian people want to live in Afrin. We want to benefit from human rights in a peaceful way. We want the liberation of Manbij, Aleppo, Tel Rifaat, Rasulayn, Qamishli and Raqqa from terrorist organizations. Turkey is our only hope. The Turkish military targets the PKK/Daesh terrorists and not civilians. PKK is no different from Daesh,” Tammo concluded.On Jan. 20, Turkey launched Olive Branch op to clear YPG/PKK-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 to protect Syrians from terrorist oppression and cruelty.Afrin residents shower praise and prayers on Turkey’s Olive Branch opTurkey brings peace to Afrin with Olive Branch op
A printing press was also found, along with numerous books and other publications of the terrorist group, including propaganda books for elementary school students.
The Turkish military is continuing its security sweeps for mines and terrorist hideouts in Afrin’s city center.
The Turkish General Staff has repeatedly stated that the objective of Operation Olive Branch is to establish security and stability along Turkey's borders and the region as well as protect Syrians from terrorist cruelty and oppression.