Mar 02 2018

International powers seeking to undermine Afrin op - analyst

International powers and groups are seeking to undermine the success in Turkey’s operation against the Kurdish militants who control the Syrian region of Afrin, a professor at Ibn Haldun University in Istanbul has said in pro-government newspaper Daily Sabah.

“While the U.S. is arming the YPG (People’s Protection Units), Iran-backed militias are trying to support Afrin and posters of (Syrian President) Bashar Assad and (YPG figurehead leader) Abdullah Öcalan are waving together in Afrin,” Fahrettin Altun said.

“At the same time, for about a week, leading Western media outlets have been making propaganda, saying that Assad and the YPG have come to terms to expel Turkey from Syria.”

This bears little relation to the truth and is intended to make Turkish leaders rethink the operation, Altun said.

“To this end, (there is a) need to diminish the determination of Turkey's public and political decision makers,” he said.

“However, what matters is what the rulers of Turkey and the majority of the public think. Such manipulation can dissuade neither President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan nor the people who support him.”