February 16, 2018 – Fort Russ News – Paul Antonopoulos
ANKARA, Turkey – Turkish police attempted to control a crowd of demonstrators protesting against US support for the People’s Protection Units (YPG) Kurdish militia in Syria, near the Ankara Palace hotel, during an official visit of US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson to the city.
Police herded the protesters away from the hotel where a conference between Tillerson and his Turkish counterpart Mevlut Cavusoglu was held.
Officers reportedly deployed tear gas to control the crowd.
U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson met with Turkish Cavusoglu to discuss the burning matter of de-escalation in Afrin and ease the strained relations between NATO allies and Turkey, after the second continues military operations in Kurdish-held areas in Syria.
Despite international outrage, Turkey carries on with its ‘Olive Branch’ operations against YPG Kurdish militants in Afrin and plans for extended operations in Idlib province.
The YPG, which is active in northern Syria, is an extension of the Turkey-based banned militant group known as the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK).