Turkey will deliver Afrin to its true owners, says Erdoğan

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AP reported that Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said on Saturday: "Hey NATO, where are you?".

The Syrian regime has chosen to ally itself with the Kurdish YPG in its fight against Turkey in Afrin, despite being at odds elsewhere in Syria.

Erdogan said on Sunday Turkish troops and allied Syrian rebels were now just four to five kilometres from Afrin.

Turkey in January launched a separate military operation in northern Syria's Afrin region to sweep Syrian Kurdish YPG fighters from its southern border.

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"Hey NATO, with what has been going on in Syria, when are you going to come and be alongside us?"

"We have a 911-kilometer border [with Syria] and terrorist organizations are harassing us constantly from this border".

U.S. support for the YPG in the fight against Daesh in Syria has strained ties between Ankara and Washington, both members of the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation military alliance. Unfortunately, until now, there has not been a positive word or voice.

In mid-February, Turkey marked 66 years of North Atlantic Treaty Organisation membership, and according to the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation charter an attack on one of the alliance's members is an attack on them all.

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Under NATO charter, an attack on one of the alliance's members is an attack on them all.

Earlier this week, the Pentagon announced an "operational pause" in the fight against remnants of IS in eastern Syria, admitting that Turkey's activities in Afrin affected the coalition's capabilities. Turkey describes the militias as offshoots of the terrorist-labeled outlawed Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK).

The defeat of ISIS has been welcomed in many parts of Syria and Kurdish militia have staked their right to control the regions in East Syria which had a Kurdish majority population.

Last month, pro-Syrian government militias entered Afrin region to back up the YPG, but their deployment did not deter Turkey despite the possibility of a wider escalation in the war, and it continued its campaign.

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"The images of people celebrating the arrival of Turkish soldiers in Afrin says everything, although western media is trying to portray Turkey's presence in Afrin differently", Tasli added.

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