News 9 october — 13:19

Spain announces support for planned Turkish op in Syria


Spain is so far the only European country to announce its support for Turkey’s planned cross-border operation in Syria, Yeni Safak reports.

In a series of tweets posted on Oct. 7, Madrid’s official NATO twitter account, Espana en la OTAN, expressed its support for its NATO ally.

“NATO Support to Turkey is aimed at contributing to a de-escalation of the crisis along the Alliance’s border,” one of the tweets read.

The page tweeted using the hashtag #SupportToTurkey and used both countries’ flags in a message of support and unity among NATO partners.

The tweets were accompanied by footage from joint NATO drills.

In another tweet, the official NATO page said its units “work 24/7 to protect Adana and show commitment and solidarity with our allied Turkey.”

Since 2016, Turkey’s Euphrates Shield and Olive Branch operations in northwestern Syria have liberated the region from YPG/PKK and Daesh terrorists, making it possible for Syrians who escaped the violence to return home.

Turkey has long decried the threat from terrorists east of the Euphrates, in northern Syria, pledging military action to prevent the formation of a "terrorist corridor" there.

In its more than 30-year terror campaign against Turkey, the PKK -- listed as a terrorist organization by Turkey, the U.S. and the EU -- has been responsible for the deaths of some 40,000 people, including women, children and infants. The YPG is the Syrian branch of the terrorist PKK.

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