Turkey has issued a strongly worded response to U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra’ad al-Hussein after he penned a report calling on Ankara to immediately lift the state of emergency, accusing him of relegating “the U.N. body under his administration into a position of collaborating with terrorist organizations.”
The Turkish Foreign Ministry on March 20 criticized the United Arab Emirates Foreign Minister Abdullah bin Zayed al-Nahyan for his remarks that Turkey’s military operation in Syria is “a threat to the Arab world.”
Kilis Governor Mehmet Tekinarslan said on March 19 that Syrian Kurdish People’s Protection Units (YPG) militants have fired a total of 48 rockets on the southeastern province of Kilis during Turkey’s ongoing “Operation Olive Branch” in Syria’s Afrin district.
Turkey’s presidential spokesperson said on March 19 Turkey would investigate claims of looting by Free Syrian Army (FSA) fighters who seized the Syrian city of Afrin a day earlier during “Operation of Olive Branch.”
One Turkish soldier and a village guard were killed on March 19 in an attack by the outlawed Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) in the southeastern province of Diyarbakır.
President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan on March 19 spoke to Russia’s Vladimir Putin over the phone and congratulated him over his presidential election victory.
United States authorities still cannot comprehend the reason, purpose and nature of Turkey’s counterterrorism operation in Syria’s northwestern city of Afrin, Turkey’s Foreign Ministry said on March 19.
Turkey has slammed comments from senior U.S. officials that its military operation into Afrin helped the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) to rebuild in parts of Syria, accusing its NATO ally of “not fully understanding” the objectives of the operation.