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    Kurdish Youth Group in Germany Vows to Turn Europe Into 'Rubble and Ash'

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    It seems that Germany may face the consequences of Turkey's ongoing military operation against the Kurdish YPG militia in Syria’s northwestern Afrin region.

    Citing the Turkish military's Operation Olive Branch in Syria's Afrin, a Germany-based left-wing Kurdish youth group has threatened to turn European streets into "rubble and ash," according to Deutsche Welle.

    The warning came after pro-Kurdish protesters clashed with police across Germany late last week, which prompted Ankara to urge Berlin to take measures to protect Turkish citizens living in Germany.

    READ MORE: Erdogan Must Go: As Kurds Turn to Damascus, Turkey's Op Loses Relevance

    Last Friday, German media reported that unidentified assailants set a mosque on fire in the southwestern town of Lauffen am Neckar in Baden-Württemberg.

    The arson was followed by a similar incident in Berlin's northern borough of Reinickendorf, where a mosque and a Turkish cultural center were set ablaze on Sunday.

    READ MORE: German Police Launch Inquiry Into Mosque Attack They Claim is Attempted Murder

    Meanwhile, Turkish Deputy Prime Minister Bekir Bozdag has told reporters that German Ambassador to Ankara Martin Erdmann was summoned to the Turkish Foreign Ministry in connection with the mosque attacks.

    The Turkish Armed Forces launched Operation Olive Branch on January 20. The goal is to clamp down on Kurdish forces in Afrin, an area in northern Syria which is controlled by the US-backed Kurdish YPG forces. The YPG is considered by Ankara to be an affiliate of the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK), blacklisted by Turkey as a terrorist organization.

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