Feb 20 2018

Syrian Kurds ask for French help to stop Turkey

Syria’s Kurds have asked France to help stop a month-long Turkish incursion into the Afrin enclave, French radio station RFI reported.

France could do more to halt the offensive aside from calling for an extraordinary meeting of the United Nations Security Council, Khaled Issa, representative of Syrian Kurds for France, said at a press conference in Paris.

The offensive by the Turkish military and the Free Syrian Army "endangers peace and stability in this region," he said, according to RFI.

Turkey launched Operation Olive Branch on Jan. 20, saying it was using its right to defence under UN and NATO charters to tackle the threat posed by Kurdish militants in Syria, which it says are indistinguishable from the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK), an internationally recognized terrorist group that has fought a three-decade war for autonomy In Turkey. Kurdish fighters are a key ally in the Western offensive against Islamic State (ISIS).

President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan told the Turkish parliament that his forces will lay siege to the town of Afrin in the next few days.