Erdogan has announced “anti-terrorist operation” in ‘ afrīn

Erdogan has announced “anti-terrorist operation” in ‘ afrīn

Moscow. 20 Jan. INTERFAX.RU — Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan announced the actual launch of the “antiterrorist operation” in the Syrian Afrin, passes on Saturday Agency “Anadolu”.

“Anti-terrorist operation in’ afrīn actually started, said President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, in the province of Kutahya”, — reports the Agency.

According to the Agency, the Turkish President said that “the West should realize that Turkey is a ally, with whom we have to reckon and cooperate in the region.”

Earlier it was reported that Turkish armed forces launched a series of attacks in the area surrounding the Syrian Afrin, occupied by Kurdish militias. Turkey considers these groups a terrorist group.

Afrin is the main city of the homonymous Canton. There are a total of three cantons of Syrian Kurdistan (Rozhava) — Kurdish territorial entity in Northern Syria, the creation of which was announced on 17 March 2016. In the last days there are regular reports of Turkish shelling of neighborhoods Afrin.