Turkey Is Not Going To Hand Over Afrin To Assad Government

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Turkey Is Not Going To Hand Over Afrin To Assad Government

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Turkey will hand over the Syrian city of Afrin to a central government when a new administration has been formed following elections, Turkish Defense Minister Nurettin Canikli told reporters in the parliament on April 10.

The defense minister added that Ankara will continue taking measures in Afrin until terrorist threats in the region are eliminated.

Meanwhile, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said that Anara will return Afrin to its residents.

“This is a wrong approach. We know very well to whom we will return Afrin,” the president told reporters also in the parliament. “But, we will define the time.”

Erdogan also described as “very wrong” the approach of Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov to the future of the Afrin area.

On April 9, Lavrov said that Russia expects Turkey to bring Afrin under the control of the Syrian government. However, it’s clear that Ankara is going to continue its occupation of the area.

Turkey launched its “Operation Olive Branch” on January 20 to clear it from the Kurdish People’s Protection Units (YPG), the US partner in Syria that is viewed as a terrorist group by Ankara. On March 18, the Turkish Army and Turkish-backed militants captured the Afrin town center, which had been the main stronghold of the YPG.

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  • Antonovs

    So that Turkish prick is pretty much occupying the region. Hopefully president Putin will set his brains straight.

    • Hanny Benny

      this escalation(also against us-manbij) was his plan
      inside syria will nobody help turks

  • jerry hamilton

    It looks like Erdogan thinks he has more power than he actually has.

    • The Latin Mass

      Erdogan won’t risk a Syria-Turkey war. Erdogan knows the zionist game, so will hand it over if pressured by Assad.

  • 1691

    Relax guys, a few days ago they were singing another song. It doesn’t really matter what they say.

  • Rüdiger Preiss

    This was to be expected right from the first step the Turks made over the border.

    • Hanny Benny

      this is Putins game
      drag in and fight out
      also against the us-turk-pact
      we will all be a history-part of this glorious s..ttime

      • Rüdiger Preiss

        It’s not Putin’s game. It’s Erdogan’s game. The Russians have been trying to contain the conflict. If the world (and Syria) didn’t have Russia, those predatory capitalists would already have finished with Syria long ago and left a pile of rubble behind.

        • Hanny Benny

          i think thats nobodys game, is a desaster

      • jj

        Putin/Russia quickly forgave Turkey for the shoot down and murder of their pilot after Turkey, due to its tourist economy suffering greatly from the lack of Russians, made a half-apology.
        Russia is too eager to make amends with and work with Turkey due to its desire for that southern pipeline to Europe. And *that* is because the U.S. (using John McCain and another senator) pressured Bulgaria to quit its deal with Russia on SouthStream.
        Because SouthStream was thwarted by the U.S., Russia focuses on Turkey as its (only apparent) alternative.
        So you can blame the U.S. for pushing Turkey and Russia together.

  • Russie Unie

    Erdogan, don’t play your Bibi ! Ok to erase the PKK and the YPG but you’re not on your soil !

  • Michał Hunicz

    Don’t be pesimistic. Erdogan will for sure hand over Afrin – the question is, which way.

    • Mustafa Mehmet

      Time will show.

    • gustavo

      Well, I do not think Er-dog-an will do that, and you will see it. Someone will be needed to push him back home (SAA-Russia, maybe). I do not trust Turkey at all !!

      • Real Anti-Racist Action

        Turkey will be pushed back after the war, but not with war or military might.
        But with economics, bonuses in trade from Russia and Syria, and guarantees that the PKK will not be allowed to return ever.
        If need be Russia will withhold selling future military advance products to Turkey till the withdraw is complete. It will happen non-violently, believe me.

      • Mustafa Mehmet

        tough luck

  • Man Dagang

    Talk on afrin only after SAA captured raqqa frm sdf

    • Sexy Sue

      Basically it is President Trump’s decision. If he lets Turkey have Afrin, or even more, then they will take it.

      • Mustafa Mehmet

        who?

      • jerry hamilton

        Ha ha ha ha ha. Trump has no say on anything in Syria.
        Putin on the other hand does.

  • Jens Holm

    What a joke.

  • Pave Way IV

    Apparently, Erdogan’s organ harvesting operation is taking longer than expected.

    • as

      They already have plenty from wounded FSA and PKK forces as well the less talked refugee in it’s border. Erdogan sees opportunity no matter how shortsighted or short term the benefit he’ll take it. It’s a big wonder what kind of Turkey would be born after Erdogan pass awat his power. It is unlikely it will get help from any allies it have though.

  • as

    Figures. It’s still unlikely that the Turkey would clash directly though.

  • Rob

    Israel pushing whole world in global conflict and they are talking about Afrin. LOL. SDF/Israel have occupied large area in Turkey, Syria and Iraq. Israel killing 4000 Muslims every year in the world by different means. Think about that.

    • Feudalism Victory

      Yes turkey = israel

      • jj

        Turkey and Israel have heavy military trade that doesn’t let up despite words they have had between each other.

  • Sakaramanga

    MeansTurkey hasn’t yet decided whose part to take…my money goes to US. Turkey can never leave NATO. Lets wait and see.

    • as

      It think it can play both sides. Well it’s quite vulnerable from western liberal anarchists though so it’s behavior is puzzling.

      • Sakaramanga

        playing both sides for a long time. russia is financially weak. everybody must have heard recent US sanctions over Rusal. SBER Bank shares went down 17 per cent. Relevance is that; Turkish economy can be taken down in 1 day by Zio-US/The West and Russia/Iran cant save her. On the other hand theres PKK/Kurdish state which Turkey can not tolerate. Difficult times for Turkey.

  • so

    In time Turkey will give back the land. One way or another.

  • Janne Kankaanpää-Haissoufi

    Erdogan is not confident that Assad government will not hand the area back to PKK. Turkish main concern is to uproot PKK from Syria.

    • as

      Yes there’s this kind of view too but as long as the PKK remains Israel long arm it’s still unlikely.
      Turkey should be more wary of leftist liberal anarchists and it’s own takfiri terrorist.

  • Anastasis

    I advise readers to have a look at an article written by Uzay Bulut/February 21,2018
    From Cyprus to Syria,Turkish continued invations.(Providence).
    Many journalists in Turkey, in the meanwhile, are rubbing their hands. Necati Doğru, a columnist with one of the most read Turkish newspapers, Sözcü, for example, proudly declares that Afrin “should be Turkey’s second Cyprus.” He writes: “You can’t say ‘I will enter Syria, strike them, cleanse the area and return. You should stay there permanently. We are having our second Cyprus.”
    The Turkish invasion of Cyprus is considered a “victory” in Turkey and is celebrated every year. For the Republic of Cyprus, however, it was and still is a horrific crime that has completely changed the country ever since.

    • Kuvayi-Milliye

      Absolute Bullshit. Do you think you can convince the People with your greek propaganda. Who started the genocide in Cyprus in the 60´ies and 70´ies. Yes, the Greek Cypriots. Thats the problem with you nationalists greeks/greek cypriots. You dont have the ability to ask yourselves “why Türkiye has started a campain against cyprus” And so Long this continues so long you can Forget unity on the Island. And yes, we will stay in theTurkish Republic of N.Cyprus forever, deal with it. And if you dont want to deal with it, than you have to accept the consequences.

      • Kuvayi-Milliye

        Uzay Bulut is a well known Armenian-Assyrian wannabe journalist in the States. She is not objectiv. Nice try Kosta

        • Alexander Gray

          But you sound very reasonable and objective in your occupying role,just like another apartheid state i can think off.

          • Kuvayi-Milliye

            Who ever said I am objective ????? Read carefully what I wrote. In my view you are a victim of greek Propaganda without knowledge the historic Background. Go and educate yourself in history first.

      • wimroffel

        Turks talking about genocide… Sometimes they forget that they have a little credibility problem.

        • Kuvayi-Milliye

          Why are you distracting the topic. Stay here. Did the greek cypriots commit a genocide on the Turks in Cyprus ? Yes or No ??????

          • Antikapitalista

            Of course they did not. The Turks were unduly claiming far more influence (about twice as much) than they had popular representation.

            The Greeks just wanted to make it proportional to the population, which the Turks did not like.

          • Kuvayi-Milliye

            Ohh, and the mass killings against the Turks were a kind of peacefull negotiations to convince the Turks not to claim for more influence ????? See the Facts Buddy. The greeks started to slaughter the Turks on the Island, ethnic cleansing. Thats why we started the campain.

      • matt

        The truth is that Cyprus was invaded by greeks in 1500 b.c. and by turks in 500 a.d.

        • Johan

          The Turks even not excist in 500 a.d. The Turks evn today do not excist as a culture ethnic coherent groupe, they are an artificial mix off cultures forced to spek Turkish and with a jung artificial non cohernt culture.

          • Kuvayi-Milliye

            Do you really beleive that the greeks in 1500 b.c. are the same greeks as today ???

          • Johan

            At least Greece go’s back to that date. The piont that they evoluated is an advantage Turkey is clairly regressing since Atta Turck.

          • Kuvayi-Milliye

            Greece in 1500 bc. has nothing to do with Greece nowadays. How many cultures rolled over the antic greek culture ? Even the Turks ruled the modern greece for some 400 years. that means 6 Generations. In my opinion greeks are Christian Turks. But the main problem in the conflict is the west. Thanks to Britain who did nothing to solve the conflict in cyprus. The west always used the different cultures and religions to destabilizing the Middle East. They now trying the same in Türkiye. 2014, I was in Van to climb Mount Ararat (Agri). In Van and around the mountain I met some US citizens. I asked them why they have choosen Van-Agri area for visit purpose. For example, there was a Nurse from Chicago, she told me that they are supplying the People in the Region with medicine. You must be a fool to beleive this Statement because poor People in Türkiye getting their medicine for free. She checked that I did not beleive her and she stopped talking after getting in eye contact to other Team members. I am pretty sure, These bastards playing their own game in the Region. If I were the Turkish President, I would get rid of them.

          • Johan

            why should you call Greece Christian Turks?1) Greece is a substancial older culture. 2) Turks are an recent invention to artificialy bring different cultures, religions and territories under one umbrela, even your sultan-iman-without a university degree knows that, now days called Turks where then so called Ottomans. 3) they live in Greece not in Turkey. So there is not one reason to call them Turks in what version then. Why should they settel for a substitute if they are the oriniginal and live in there original regio. You can ass well call Turks a bunch off indoctrinated and oppressed, Kurds, Armeniers Greeks, Galatians, thynians, bithynians, etc…
            The problem is Islam, Turkey, or Ottomans. who trayed to conquer the whole world over and over again and noticed now that even with there allah on their side they can lose the war.
            Your litlle story is the fine example off the suspisios nature of you and your people and the rational attitude of western helpers to not tray to trow the pearels at the pigs, ( they saw and knew it would bring no solace to start discussing with a you.
            More over they where right at that moment read the following in the Daily Hürriyet ( a state media paper) 23/01/2017 !
            Pharmacists and patients are suffering from medicine shortages in the market as medical firms and depots have allegedly suspended the release of goods amid upcoming price hikes due on Feb. 20, after the Health Ministry’s pricing commission announced that it would increase the currency rate for prices of imported medicine.

            Istanbul Chamber of Pharmacists head Serdar Göksan told daily Cumhuriyet that 90 percent of medicines in the market are imported, meaning that patients are struggling to access nine out of 10 drugs in the market due to the de facto suspension in medicine releases.

            “These problems are experienced because firms do not want to release their products before the price hikes,” Göksan said, calling on the Health Ministry to intervene in the crisis.

            Early this month, the Price Evaluation Commission announced that it would increase the euro rate for imported medicines from 2.1166 to 2.3421 Turkish Liras, and this decision will be implemented on Feb. 20.
            After this decision, Göksan said medicine firms are refraining from releasing their goods to medicine depots, which in turn refrain from releasing them to pharmacies.

            “They are doing this because they would rather release the medicines when the prices see hikes,” he said, adding that similar problems were experienced in previous hike periods.

            “The biggest problem is that we are dependent on outside sources in the medical [sector]. As long as that remains the case, these problems will always be around,” Göksan said.

            The former head of the Istanbul Chamber of Pharmacists, Semih Güngör, said the shortages are particularly acute for antibiotic, painkiller, and blood pressure medicines.

            “Cancer and blood drugs are included in the list … The currency rate is rising rapidly, and the problem of [shortages] will continue for as long as this goes on. The real problem in our country is the fact that the domestic medicine industry is finished. A national medical industry should be reestablished and refortified,” Güngör said.

            “In the past the imported medicine rate was 10 percent and 90 percent of medicine was produced in Turkey. Now the import rate has risen above 60 percent,” he added.

            Turkish Employer Pharmacists head Nurten Saydan, meanwhile, also denied that pharmacists are responsible for the shortages.

            Health Minister Recep Akdağ stated on Jan. 23 that his office was “constantly monitoring the sector” and would apply “strict penalties” if they detect any medicine stocking by companies
            Note in 2005 you hat 1$ for 1,7 lira today it is nearly 1$ for 4 Lira thanks to… Erdogan.ô

          • matt

            Bullshit, modern Greek language is similar to ancient Greek. It is more like part of the Turks are muslim Greeks, Armenians, Kurds, Arabs and a bunch of other people that decided to change their identity in order to have better changes in society

          • Kuvayi-Milliye

            Go and educate yourself. My collegue is native Greek from Greece. He said that the antic greek language was totaly different compare to modern greek language.

          • Johan

            why should you call Greece Christian Turks?1) Greece is a substancial older culture. 2) Turks are an recent invention to artificialy bring different cultures, religions and territories under one umbrela, even your sultan-iman-without a university degree knows that, now days called Turks where then so called Ottomans. 3) they live in Greece not in Turkey. So there is not one reason to call them Turks in what version then. Why should they settel for a substitute if they are the oriniginal and live in there original regio. You can ass well call Turks a bunch off indoctrinated and oppressed, Kurds, Armeniers Greeks, Galatians, thynians, bithynians, etc…
            The problem is Islam, Turkey, or Ottomans. who trayed to conquer the whole world over and over again and noticed now that even with there allah on their side they can lose the war.
            Your litlle story is the fine example off the suspisios nature of you and your people and the rational attitude of western helpers to not tray to trow the pearels at the pigs, ( they saw and knew it would bring no solace to start discussing with a you.
            More over they where right at that moment read the following in the Daily Hürriyet ( a state media paper) 23/01/2017 !
            Pharmacists and patients are suffering from medicine shortages in the market as medical firms and depots have allegedly suspended the release of goods amid upcoming price hikes due on Feb. 20, after the Health Ministry’s pricing commission announced that it would increase the currency rate for prices of imported medicine.

          • Kuvayi-Milliye

            Western are helpers and the Turks are suspisios ? muhahahahahahahahhahahahah. The issue is, that the west is democratic only in their own countries, but not in their foreign politics especially in the Near East. If this Explanation is to high for you then let it be.

          • Johan

            you always deviate from the subject, you have a no substantiated arguments so that you always have to flee into a detail or other subject. You cann’t refute the facts so there is only the silence or the flight in the big unreason. It is indeed not productive to talk to unreasonabel people.

          • Kuvayi-Milliye

            You got it, thats the reason why we should not talk further. Accept it: You are Turcophob who is trying to legitimate his hate against Turks with poor knowledge about historic Happenings.

          • matt

            sorry, i ment 1500 a.d.

        • Kuvayi-Milliye

          and ? What you wanna say ? The Indians were in America first, too !!! Is there is a law which says first come and stay forever ?????

          • matt

            I think its time that the Cypriots decide to be Cypriot! Fuck the Greeks, fuck the Turks. They can use 2 languages, but they should become one nation.
            Many nations have more then one language.
            Anyway, this will happen over time anyway. The Cypriots that speak Turkish do not like AK and Erdogan and the Cypriots that speak Greek, speak a very different kind of Greek then the rest

    • Mustafa Mehmet

      greek propaganda

  • mhtsaropinigitakis

    you see mr putin that erdogan is not a good ally…you need to full that idiot to attack usa

  • You can call me Al

    To be honest and against the grain of other comments, I have no problem with this decision in light of the other potential conflicts approaching for the Syrians and it’s allies.

  • Caesar

    First of all, Erdogan must win the presidential election next year, which is by no means guarenteed, to be able to continue.
    He may be history by the end of the next year languishing in an “appropriate accomodation” somewhere in Turkey.

  • MOHD.

    Russia showing two face in Syria. Russia given opportunity to Israel for bombing Syria instead of protect. So I think there is secret agreement between Israel and US,Russia.

  • Feudalism Victory

    Gosh never could have seen this land grab coming ;)

  • Barba_Papa

    Hands up who did not see this coming?

    No hands? I guess we all know how trustworthy the Sultan of Ankara is.

  • Real Anti-Racist Action

    Does not matter, when the Kurds had Afrin they did not hand it over either.
    It is easier in international court to wrestle away control of Afrin from Turkey then it is from Zionist-backed Kurdish-terrorist.
    This is all still playing very well in favor of the resistance, against the Zionist.
    Hey at least Turks are fellow Monotheist and Muslim.
    Kurds are Atheist and vandalize Monotheist items and people.
    It was Kurds who committed the Armenian Genocide, not Turks.

    • Ice Icegold

      They did it under the commands of Turks….

      • Real Anti-Racist Action

        Turks demand that Kurds quite sending suicide bombers to soccer games, Kurds have never followed a Turkish command in human history.
        Kurds hated Christians just as they hate Sunni and Shia till this very day. Kurds only love Stalin.
        The Sunni of Eastern Syria are fighting a life and death struggle to push the invading and occupying Kurds out of their cities right now.
        The Kurds are racist-invaders.
        Kurds plan on genociding all Christians in the end.

        • Ice Icegold

          The infamy of executing this century’s first full scale ethnic cleansing belongs to Turkey’s Young Turk government during World War I. In their highest councils Turkish leaders decided to exterminate every Armenian in the country, whether a front-line soldier or pregnant woman, famous professor or high bishop, important businessman or ardent patriot. All 2,000,000 of them.

          Democide had preceded the Young Turk’s rule and with their collapse at the end of World War I, the successor Nationalist government carried out its own democide against the Greeks and remaining or returning Armenians. From 1900 to 1923, various Turkish regimes killed from 3,500,000 to over 4,300,000 Armenians, Greeks, Nestorians, and other Christians.

    • Ice Icegold
    • Ice Icegold

      There is a recognition by several groups of Kurds of the participation of their ancestors in the Armenian Genocide during World War I. Some Kurdish tribes, mainly as part of the Ottoman army, along with the Turks and other people, participated in massacres of Armenians. Other Kurds opposed the genocide, in some cases even hiding or adopting Armenian refugees. Also, inmates in Ottoman prisons, including Kurds and Turks, were given amnesty and released from prison if they would massacre the Armenians.

  • watcher12

    Very noble of erdogan, perhaps. Look at this clearly – a chunk of turkey is pretty much kurdish. If elections are what erdogan claims are necessary to see who gets what – shouldn’t elections in the kurdish area of turkey also be respected. Ahhh now we can see how honest is erdogan.

  • Lupus

    Turkistan will occupy Afrin like Israhell does Golan

  • Starlight

    Wow, NATO invader is keeping the part of Syria PUTIN allowed them to conquer- didn’t see that coming.

  • Dušan Mirić
    • R3mba

      dusane nema videa

      • Dušan Mirić

        :(

  • Smaug

    I totally predicted this. Another Cuprus style pro-Turkish entity for Afrin has come.

  • Antikapitalista

    So Rojava will need to become a Turkish graveyard. :-P

    The Turks are really like the Zionists. “Defending themselves” on other nations’ territories.
    They are both enemies of humanity.

  • When is the Emergency UN Security Council session to address Fascist Sultan/Fuhrer Erdogan’s wars of aggression and conquest? The Rogue Fuhrer and his AKP (Anatolian Knazi Partei) are a clear and present danger to the peace and security of every nation within range of the Sultan/Fuhrer’s TSK (Wehrmacht).

  • Ice Icegold

    Get the fuck out of Syria you Turkish bastards !

    • Mustafa Mehmet

      Jews. leftovers

  • SFC Steven M Barry USA RET

    I am still puzzled at why Russia thinks they can put any confidence in that Muslim Brotherhood shiteater Erdogan.

    • testera

      They don’t put any confidence in him, but are forced to make compromises to get him slightly farther from NATO (similar to S-400 deal).

    • Johan

      I can not imaging Putin is that stupid he is lured and commitet to that peace off junk. Think he usses Erdogan like Erdogan thinks he is ussing Putin. Hopefully Putin can out play him, one thing is sure while Putin has the massive support off his people Erdogan needs to trick the system and still he is only capabel to trick 50% off voters.

  • Not just Afrin. The Ottoman Sultan/Fuhrer’s long evil grasping will only grow as he adds more and more territory to his New Reich. Afrin, Idlib, North Aleppo, Northern Iraq. Where does it end? If the world’s leaders think appeasement will work, they are as deluded as Neville Chamberlain was.

  • jj

    Well you can’t trust Turkey, which is why it is foolish for Russia to want to sell it S-400s. Turkey is firmly in NATO and there is no genuine sign it will leave.

  • Johan

    And again the scorpio is showing his treu nature, beware World, beware Russia he is backstabing again.

  • The Latin Mass

    Erdogan’s first mistake in his political career if he is not bluffing jewamerica. Which would be the smart thing to do with capturing only 10% of the jew occupied Syria. Tell the filthy yanks that his army will “liberate Syria” from Assad and then hand it over to Assad in a future peace summit.

  • Johan

    All theweapons are inEuropes hands, we can squese the bully: 60% off al investments in Turkey are comming from Europa 70% off all export of Turkey is bought by Europe. The Lira was worth 1,7 lira for 1$ in 2005 start off Erdogan today you need 3,7 lirá for 1$. There is a massive brain drain and money erain from Turkey to the civilized world,Turks who promisse to contribute to the west if allowed to stay, fromer Turks where the sucum and we had them untill now. moody’s “qualified” Turkey economie as junk, it probeble will go bankrupt within now and max two years.And all other assets off Turkey are going down. The farmers ( Erdogan voters) urn less then when he came to power in liras who are less worthy, to elect him again. Off course he cheated last time and will do it again but somewhere it will not help him anymore. Cheaters are always caught. Erdogan is buying time and time is passing faster and faster. Time is the Ally of the reasonable world, off Greece, Cyprus, Syria, Europe, Egypt, Russia etc…. in the meantime will he be deposed, killed, ore trown from his sultanate, ore hanged as Causesco, killed by the mop as Cadafi? He is not half the people leader Cadafi was so…….?

  • Roger Snellman

    Just like I predicted on this very forum weeks ago. Turkey is not going to give back any Syrian land. Remember my quote- When Assad asked Erdogan how much should we give the only answer was more more more.

  • MH370

    what syria can do is to bring this to UNSC gain considerable international coverage…and only then can going to war against turkey

  • Roger Snellman

    Exactly what I predicted on this very forum weeks ago. When Assad asked Erdogan how much should I give the only answer was more, more, more