Apr 15 2018

Arab league is expected to condemn Turkey

Turkey is expected to be condemned for its military operation in Syria and incursions in Iraq during the Arab League summit today in the eastern Saudi city of Dhahran, the UK based news site Asharq Al-Awsat reported on Saturday.

According to the draft closing statement of the summit received by Asharq Al-Awsat on Friday, the interference of Iran and Turkey in internal affairs of Arab countries is set to be among the issues to be included in the final version of the statement.

The statement is expected to oppose Turkey’s Operation Olive Branch in the northwest Syrian city Afrin and to condemn Turkey’s incursion into Iraqi territories, including a call for an immediate and unconditional withdrawal.

Turkey seized the city of Afrin on Mar. 20, after a two month military operation against Kurdish militia, which Turkey recognises as an extension of Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK), an armed group that has been fighting inside Turkey for more than 30 years. 

The statements of Ankara since the beginning of the operation has indicated an intention to extend military operations to locations in northern Syria and Iraq under the control of PKK or affiliated groups. Local reports from Iraq in early April claimed that Turkey continued to increase its military presence in the region, as well as built new roads and outposts.

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