Tabriz,South Azerbaijan,Jan 23
A member of the Iraqi Turkmen Front has declared that Iraq’s Turkmen community strongly support Turkey’s military operation on the positions of the PKK and PYD terrorist groups located in Afrin-Syria.
Mr. Aydin Maruf, a member of the Iraqi Turkmen front and lawmaker in northern Iraq’s Kurdish region give a reportage to Turkish local media and said: “We are well aware that this operation targets terrorist organizations in Afrin.”
According to Maruf, the same terrorist organizations also maintain a presence in Iraq, “from which they threaten to adversely affect the entire region”.
The lawmaker went on to urge Turkey to launch a similar operation against the same terrorist groups in Iraq.
The PYD/PKK terrorist group’s presence in [the Iraqi district of] Sinjar disturbs all of the region’s ethnic groups, he said.
Ali Mehdi, spokesman of the Iraqi Turkmen Front said:” Today, Turkey is carrying out a national resistance against the terrorists of the PKK and the PYD. The survival of the Turkish national resistance is important for regional security.”
He added that as a Iraq’s Turkmen Front, we fully support the military operation of the Olive Branch against terrorist groups in Afrin district. If necessary, we will serve as a soldier for Turkey to destroy the terrorist.
It should be noted that the PYD/PKK has enjoyed a significant presence in Afrin since July 2012, when Syria’s Assad regime withdrew from the district without putting up a fight.