Iraq: Iraqi Kurds vent rage against «all countries» as Afrin operation escalates

Dozens of Iraqi Kurds demonstrated against what they described as the international silence towards the unfolding Turkish military operation in Syria's Kurdish-dominated Afrin, in protest outside the UN headquarters in Erbil on Tuesday. Protesters carried placards reading «Erdogan is a terrorist,» chanting slogans in support of Afrin as they waved olive branches. «Please, we have a message... Еще to Donald Trump, to UN, to USA, we need support, we need gun from you to support Kurdish YPG inside Afrin,» one protesters said. He went on to plea: «We need to send Peshmerga from Iraq's Erbil to support our brothers inside Afrin. We need Peshmerga to support and save Afrin.» Another protester railed against «the reactions of all countries,» saying: «We also condemn the stances of all countries like US, Iran, Turkey and in particular Damascus, which supposedly is a sovereign state and a member of the United Nations.» A senior member of the ruling Kurdistan Patriotic Union of Kurdistan had recently announced that Kurdish Peshmerga forces, the military forces of the federal region of Iraqi Kurdistan, were ready to assist Kurds in Afrin. On Saturday, Turkish war planes started to bomb Kurdish positions in Afrin shortly after the country's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan announced the launch of the military operation named 'Olive Branch.' Russian military promptly withdrew from the enclave on the same day. Turkey views the Kurdish YPG militia, which is active in northern Syria, as an extension of the banned militant group the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK).

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