Turkey's president slams NATO for lack of support in Syria

Turkish President and Leader of the Justice and Development Party (AK Party) Recep Tayyip Erdogan delivers a speech in this file photo. (AFP)
Updated 10 March 2018
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Turkey's president slams NATO for lack of support in Syria

ISTANBUL: Turkey's president has criticized NATO for not supporting the country's ongoing military operation against Syrian Kurdish fighters in Syria.
Speaking to supporters Saturday, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan asked, "Hey NATO, where are you?" and accused the alliance of double standards. Erdogan said Turkey sent troops to conflict zones when requested, but did not receive support in return.
Turkey launched a solo military offensive against the Syrian Kurdish People's Protection Units or YPG on Jan. 20 to clear them from Afrin in northwestern Syria. The country considers the YPG a terror organization but its NATO ally, the United States, backs the fighters to combat Daesh.
Erdogan urged NATO to come to the aid of Turkey, saying its borders are "under threat right now."


Jordan court charges 5 with ‘terrorism’ after deadly raid

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Jordan court charges 5 with ‘terrorism’ after deadly raid

  • The court’s prosecutor accused the five detainees of "carrying out acts of terrorism"
  • Interior Minister Samir Mubaideen said Monday that the militants supported the Daesh group

AMMAN: Five suspected militants arrested during a deadly raid in a town northwest of Amman were charged with terrorism offenses in Jordan’s state security court Wednesday.
Three alleged militants were killed and five others detained on Saturday when security forces raided a building in the town of Salt.
The operation, which also left four members of Jordan’s security forces dead, was linked to a bomb blast Friday that killed a policeman and wounded six others at a music festival in a nearby town.
The court’s prosecutor accused the five detainees of “carrying out acts of terrorism that led to the death of a person and the demolition of a building” and “conspiracy to carry out terrorist acts.”
It also charged them with the “possession and manufacturing of explosives for use in illegal activities” and the “possession of weapons and ammunition for use in illegal activities.”
Under the 2006 Prevention of Terrorism Act, the charges are punishable by hanging.
Interior Minister Samir Mubaideen said Monday that the militants supported the Daesh group and “followed its takfiri (Sunni Muslim extremist) ideology.”
The militants were holed up in an apartment in a four-story residential block in Salt. They blew up the apartment as security forces encircled them and exchanged heavy fire.
Medical sources said 10 people were wounded in the raid, including members of the security forces and residents of the building used as a hideout.
Jordan, a small desert kingdom, has been the target of several militant attacks. A shooting rampage in 2016 claimed by IS killed 10 people including a Canadian tourist in Karak, known for its Crusader castle.
A close ally of Washington, Jordan has played a key role in the US-led coalition fighting Daesh in neighboring Syria and Iraq, using its air force against the militants and allowing coalition forces to use its bases.