Turkey Announces Preliminary End Date of Olive Branch Op in Afrin
“[We] will carry out a joint operation against the PKK together with the Iraqi government. The cross-border operation may take place after the election in Iraq on May 12,” Cavusoglu was quoted as saying by the NTV broadcaster.
Ankara launched operation Olive Branch in Afrin, in pursuit of “clearing” the Turkish border with Syria from the Kurdish People’s Protection Units (YPG). Turkish authorities consider the YPG to be linked to the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK), listed as a terrorist organization by Ankara.