Western non-governmental organizations based in Turkey’s Gaziantep and Syria’s Afrin that were established for so-called “humanitarian aid,” but had a hidden agenda of supporting the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) terrorist organization have disappeared after the Turkish military liberated Afrin within the scope of Operation Olive Branch.
These NGOs, which helped and supported PKK/PYD terrorists under the pretext of helping ‘civilians’ during the terrorists’ occupation of Afrin, vacated the area and stopped sending so-called ‘humanitarian aid’ after the PKK fled the region. The NGOs flourished under the occupation and supplied arms and ammunition to the PKK terrorists while being registered as humanitarian organizations.
‘Over 160,000 Syrians return to terror-free regions’
More than 162,000 Syrians have returned to terror-free regions in Syria following Turkish military-led Operation Euphrates Shield and Operation Olive Branch, said Turkey’s deputy director general of Migration Management.“Following the Operation Euphrates Shield and Operation Olive Branch, more than 162,000 Syrians have returned to regions cleared of terrorists. We are seeing a rapidly increasing trend in Syrians returning to their former lands after these operations,” Abdullah Ayaz said.Ayaz told Anadolu Agency that there are currently 3,567,000 Syrians residing in Turkey.He said the return of Syrians to terror-free regions in Syria is continuing and that further increase in the trend is expected in the coming period.He said that all units of Turkish Interior Ministry are working to make Afrin a “livable place again” after the Operation Olive Branch and efforts to provide safe return of the Syrian families.Video: Turkish soldiers distribute bread in Syria’s JinderesTurkey on Jan. 20 launched Operation Olive Branch to remove YPG/PKK and Daesh terrorists from Afrin. On March 18, Turkish troops and Free Syrian Army liberated the Afrin district center.“We have done our efforts in determining those Syrians who voluntarily wants to return to Afrin. We have contacted each one of them and assured that we will provide all means of support and ease to them,” Ayaz said.He said the Directorate of General of Migration Management began “Updating Syrians’ Registrations Project” in January 2018 to update the missing information of the Syrian refugees.“We have updated 1.5 million Syrians’ registrations. With this project, we will have more reliable database, and we will be able to share these data with the relevant institutions, organizations and partners,” he added.Regarding the fake news on refugees shared on social media, Ayaz dismissed the claims that “the government is paying Syrian refugees’ telephone bills, giving them salary, buying houses for them or admitting them in universities without any examination.”He said the refugees at the Deportation Centers, without any money, are receiving telephone cards via European Union funds given for this purpose. Additionally, he stressed that one must be a Turkish citizen in order to buy a house from state-owned housing agency TOKI.“We do not offer more or different services to any Syrians or foreigners than our own citizens,” he underscored.
Erdoğan: 4,108 terrorists neutralized since onset of Operation Olive Branch
President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan said on Wednesday that at least 4,108 terrorists had been neutralized since the launch of Operation Olive Branch in northwestern Syria’s Afrin.Turkish authorities often use the word “neutralized” in their statements to imply that the terrorists in question either surrendered or were killed or captured.On Jan. 20, Turkey launched Operation Olive Branch to clear YPG/PKK-Daesh terrorists from Afrin, northwestern Syria.According to the Turkish General Staff, the operation aims to establish security and stability along Turkey’s borders and the region as well as to protect Syrians from the oppression and cruelty of terrorists.‘Over 160,000 Syrians return to terror-free regions’The operation is being carried out under the framework of Turkey’s rights based on international law, UN Security Council resolutions, its self-defense rights under the UN charter, and respect for Syria’s territorial integrity, it said.The military also said only terror targets are being destroyed and that the “utmost care” is being taken to avoid harming civilians.Erdoğan said that the number of “neutralized” PKK terrorists in northern Iraq reached 337.Airstrikes on PKK targets in northern Iraq, where the terror group has its main base in the Mt. Qandil region, near the Iranian border, have been carried out regularly since July 2015, when the PKK resumed its armed terror campaign.A total of 173 terrorists were neutralized in Turkey’s counter-terrorism operations.Turkey to open new Afrin border crossing in MayErdoğan vows to not allow discrimination against RomaErdoğan said Turkey will not allow discrimination against any minority group in the country.Speaking at a meeting with Turkish Roma at the presidential complex, Erdoğan said: “There is no difference for us between Turks, Roma, Kurds, Laz, Bosnians, Georgians, we all love each other for the sake of Allah.”The Turkish president said he will not allow any discrimination towards the Turkish Roma and other minority communities.Erdoğan said his ties with the Turkish Roma go back to his days of childhood in Istanbul’s Kasimpasa district, which has a large population of Roma people.He recalled the treatment of the Roma people by Nazis in Germany during the Second World War and France’s regulation of the community.He criticized treatment of Roma community by Germany and France – nations that call themselves “civilized”.In 2010, the French government launched a repatriation program targeting thousands of Roma community members and announced steps to shut down “illegal” camps where they lived.Although Roma people are EU citizens, French law allows them to get work and residency permits for more than three months.In 2013, 165 camps were dismantled and 19,380 Roma people were sent away, which was more than the two previous years combined, wrote French daily Le Monde in January 2014, citing a report by the European Roma Rights Center.According to the European Commission, there was an estimated population of 10 to 12 million Roma in Europe in 2016.Turkish officials estimate the number of Roma in Turkey at around 600,000, according to local media.
Terror aid of $1.5 billion
Western countries reportedly transferred more than $1.5 billion a year to the PKK/PYD through hundreds of registered NGOs in the area. These groups include the Humanitarian Organization (IMPR), Community Catholic Relief (CRS), Danish Refuge Council (DRC), World Vision, International Rescue Committee (IRC), Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC), People In Need and Irish Aid. These so called organizations helped terrorists with a hidden agenda with truckloads of food, health, education and clothing materials saying that “civilians need it.”
They were operating mainly in the PKK-occupied areas in Syria such as Afrin, Ayn Isa, Qamishli, Ayn el-Arab, Manbij and Tel Abyad of Syria. However, there are no signs that they distributed aid to civilians in the area.
On Jan. 20, Turkey launched Operation Olive Branch to clear YPG/PKK-Daesh terrorists from Afrin, northwestern Syria.
On March 18, Turkish-backed troops liberated the town center of Afrin, which had been a major hideout for the YPG/PKK since 2012.