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    Tanks stationed at a Turkish army position near the Oncupinar crossing gate close to the town of Kilis, south central Turkey, fire towards the Syria border, on February 16, 2016

    Turkey 'Has Right to Operations in Syria or Anywhere Else' Erdogan

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    Turkey has the right to carry out operations in Syria or anywhere else where Ankara sees a threat, Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan said on Saturday.

    Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan told a conference on Saturday that Turkey has the right to conduct operations in Syria or anywhere else where there might be "terror organizations," Hurriyet Daily News reported on Sunday.

    "Turkey has every right to conduct operations in Syria and the places where terror organizations are nested with regards to the struggle against the threats that Turkey faces," the Turkish president said during his address to the UNESCO City of Gastronomy: Gaziantep event on Saturday.

    The president reportedly said that the situation in Syria is not a question of "the sovereignty rights of the states that cannot take control of their territorial integrity," Hurriyet reported.

    "On the contrary, this has to do with the will Turkey shows to protect its sovereignty rights."

    "No one can restrict Turkey’s right to self-defense in the face of terror acts that have targeted Turkey; they cannot prevent [Turkey] from using it," the Turkish president said.

    On February 13 the Turkish army began shelling Kurdish People's Protection Units (YPG) in Syria after they drove Islamic militia from an air base and village close to the Turkish border, justifying it as a retaliatory measure.

    Last week Syrian Kurds also reported that 2,000 fighters from militant Islamic groups had crossed from Turkey into the northern Syrian city of Azaz.

    The YPG  is one of the most effective forces fighting against the Daesh terrorist group in Syria, but Turkey considers it to be a terrorist organization because of its links with the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) in southeastern Turkey. 

    Its position on the YPG is at odds with its allies in Washington, who see the Kurds as an ally against Islamic terrorism.


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    • ultraviolet... nope.., I guess.. but Syria and Russia could do the same about those terrorists that the turds had been breedings if and when these scumbags is a threats to the National security and interests of Russia & Syria and of course the EU as well.. so, France, Indonesia, Lebanon etc.. can starts doing what they're supposed to do now.. This idiot tot his grandfather gave him the rights to do so..!
    • klod.infobeez
      Well, Erdogan definitely went postal... Let's hope that the Turkish people will bedlam him before he destroys the country out of megalomania.
    • A = π r 2in reply tojas(Show commentHide comment)
      jas, this will extend to Ahrar ash-Sham, Jaysh al-Islam and the gang too then...

      the US played this record way back in 2001. look how that turned out.
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      What a sick and delusional person Gollum is.It must be the bad one talking out of him.
    • A = π r 2in reply tovendor(Show commentHide comment)
      vendor, one ring to rule them all
    • Beady-eyed Insomniac
      A little chap in Germany during the 30s would do similar. Dream up new rules as he went along - with the aim that the masses will follow.
      How are the opposition actually faring in Turkey?
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      Erdogan says Turkey is exercising the right to self defense by bombing another sovereign country that never threatened Turkey's territorial integrity and sovereignty. OK then. By this logic any other country on this Earth has the right to exercise its right to self defense by bombing other sovereign countries including Turkey. This is the danger that looms over humanity. When some politicians in some countries say they have the right to act unilaterally and when they act accordingly other people in other countries will think they have the same rights too. These policies and this kind of attitudes will only lead to more war. There is an international body that was established for the purpose of preventing wars, it is called the UN. The creation of the UN was a direct consequence of WW1 and WW2. Many people died in both world wars. WW1 and WW2 were the most catastrophic events ever recorded in history. Unfortunately some politicians in some countries (the US for example) are too preoccupied with the fulfillment of short time span objectives because of the fact that they spend a limited amount of time in public office so they care less about the future and the long term consequences of their policies.
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      Yet Turkey are the first to complain if anybody enters their territory for just 5 seconds.
    • Huh?in reply tojas(Show commentHide comment)
      Yeah...but...Turkey is not in any way, shape or form connected to any possible alleged terror organizations. Wink...Wink...also former POTUS Clinton...did not have sexual relations with that woman and according to former POTUS Bush 2..Iraq is full of WMD's.

      I think we all get the picture and it has nothing to do with the words...everyone on here is pretty savvy.
    • Huh?in reply toanne00marie(Show commentHide comment)
      Isn't that just like a prostitute...Turkey wants to get paid before anyone can enter their territory...even if it's only for 5 seconds??
    • Huh?in reply toBeady-eyed Insomniac(Show commentHide comment)
      Beady-eyed Insomniac,
      A little quote from the little chap;

      The art of leadership. . . consists in consolidating the attention of the people against a single adversary and taking care that nothing will split up that attention. . . . The leader of genius must have the ability to make different opponents appear as if they belonged to one category.
      Adolf Hitler
      Mein Kampf
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      The mad sultan
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      "Erdogan told a conference on Saturday that Turkey has the right to conduct operations in Syria or anywhere else where there might be "terror organizations." Let's all hope that Turkey then is not ripped apart from the insides., since "a house divided against itself cannot stand." The wildness of this man can be illustrated by his going out into the desert and throwing a stone up into the heavens against God, the One who made the stones in the first place. It is obvious that he is spending too much time on "the pipe".
    • Drain the swamp
      The Turkish Ambassador has borrowed the book which explains what is a war crime from the UN Library, still erdogan is talking, he will be sent to the gallows finally.
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      how very american of him
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      karlof1in reply tomichael(Show commentHide comment)
      michael, And Zionist!
    • Sigraven
      Erdogan should be charged with oxygen theft and locked up in the asylum he escaped from.The world would be better off without question.
    • avatar
      Erdogan is making a bigger fool of himself day by day. His fate must be hanging by a thread.
    • sophm0e38
      The US says the same thing so, if the genocidal Turks are mad then so too are genocidal Americans e.g. every illegal invasion post WWII. US and NATO countries are a menace to international peace.
    • avatar
      If the people of turkey don't take out erDOGan, then Turks will suffer a terrible death
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