The Syrian regime has chosen to ally itself with the Kurdish YPG in its fight against Turkey in Afrin, despite being at odds elsewhere in Syria. The Syrian regime is also taking the same measures. Erdoğan said on March 11 in the northwestern province of Bolu, referring to North Atlantic Treaty Organisation.
In conjunction with allied Syrian militants, the Turkish military launched operation Olive Branch in January 2018 to oust Kurdish-led forces, which allegedly have ties to the outlawed Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK), from parts of northern Syria near the border with Turkey.
"Hey NATO where are you?"
"Should I keep saying all these things?"
"We now define the forces that we said were our allies and friends according to the actions they take in the field, not by the words they say to us", he said.
The PKK is considered to be a terrorist group not only by Turkey, but also by the U.S. and the EU.
On Saturday, the Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights monitoring group said the Turkish forces were now four kilometres (2.5 miles) from Afrin town.
One of the neutralised terrorists was from the senior cadre of the PKK.
Meanwhile, 7,858 people attempting to illegally cross Turkish borders were also detained during this period.
Later on Sunday, eight more villages - Khujamanli, Savan Kabir, and Chencheylan in the northwestern Rajo district, Tallaf and Qujaman in the southwestern Jinderes district, Sulqli and Alibey in the northern Bulbul district, and Kawkabah near Afrin's center - were cleared of terrorists.
The operation took place during the weekend, Turkey's official Anadolu news agency reported on Sunday.