BEIRUT, LEBANON (10:40 A.M.) – Turkish Minister of Foreign Affairs Mevlut Cavusoglu claimed that Turkey’s ‘Olive Branch’ operation in northern Syria is a ‘legitimate right [for] self defence,’ while speaking at the Munich Security Conference on Sunday.
Cavusoglu also said it was “a big mistake” to support a terrorist organisation to defeat the self-proclaimed Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS/ISIL).
“Supporting a terrorist organisation against another terrorist organisation is a big mistake and risking the future of the country,” Cavusoglu said, referring to United Nations supporting Kurdish ‘People’s Protection Units’ (YPG) to the fight against the self-proclaimed Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS/ISIL).
The Turkish military started launching airstrikes and rockets on Kurdish positions in Afrin shortly after Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan announced the launch of the military operation dubbed ‘Olive Branch.’
The Turkish President also declared that the next destination for Turkish forces would be Syria’s Manbij.
Turkey views the YPG, which is active in northern Syria, as an extension of the banned militant group Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK).