Turkey calls on NATO to support its operation in Afrin, northern Syria
urkey has called on NATO members to support the military campaign it says it launched against Kurdish fighters in Afrin, northern Syria.
Turkey's NATO delegate Ahmed Pratt Konkar told the BBC that the United States and other allies should reassess their membership in the military alliance if they objected to Turkey's actions, which he described as legitimate.
On Sunday, ground troops of the Turkish army entered the Afrin area as part of a two-day Turkish campaign that opened a new front in the civil war in Syria.
Ankara says the military operation targets sites belonging to the Kurdish People's Protection Units, which Ankara considers a terrorist organization. Kurdish militants say the campaign has killed civilians and wounded civilians.
Turkey says the Kurdish people's units are part of the outlawed Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK), which has been waging an insurgency against the government in Ankara since 1984.
The Turkish delegate to NATO said that Washington's support for the Kurdish People's Protection Units as an ally against the Islamic state organization had led to the militia becoming a direct threat to Turkey.
The United States wants the Turkish military operation to remain limited in scope and scope and urged restraint in order to protect civilians. .
He said a spokeswoman for the US State Department maneuvered Heather "We urge Turkey to show restraint and to ensure the survival of its military operations are limited in scope and duration and care to avoid civilian casualties."
The UN Security Council is scheduled to hold an emergency session Monday to discuss the Turkish operation.