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Turkey Seizes Control of Syrian Kurdish City of Afrin

HeadlineMar 19, 2018

In Syria, Turkish soldiers and Turkish-backed Syrian fighters seized control of the Syrian Kurdish city of Afrin on Sunday, after a two-month Turkish assault on the city. The takeover expands Turkey’s territorial control in northern Syria and deals a blow to Kurdish efforts to achieve autonomy. Activists say hundreds of civilians have been killed in the offensive, which has also forced thousands to flee. On Sunday, dozens of Kurdish and leftist groups in Turkey demanded the international community pressure Turkey to withdraw from Afrin. This is Turkish lawmaker Berdan Öztürk.

Berdan Öztürk: “We call on the United Nations, the European Council, the European Parliament, international coalition forces, Islamic countries and the international community as a whole to take steps to immediately avert the tragedy in Afrin and get concrete results, including withdrawal of all armed forces who entered Afrin.”

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