Turkey’s Afrin operation will help to prevent Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) from reaching Europe through the Mediterranean, Prime Minister Binali Yıldırım has said.
“We are providing security not only for the region, but also for Europe,” he said during a Turkish postal service (PTT) ceremony on Jan. 25.
Turkey is the southern border of Europe, he said.
Yıldırım also slammed the U.S. for cooperating with the People’s Protection Units (YPG), a Syrian Kurdish militia that Ankara sees as a terror organization for its links to the outlawed Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK).
“Doing business with terrorist organizations, planning works in the region with a terrorist organization, is indeed a very degrading activity for America to participate in,” he said.
Turkey launched “Operation Olive Branch” on Jan. 20 to remove YPG militants from the Syrian district of Afrin.
Source: Hurriyet Daily News