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Turkish govt. detains doctors over Afrin operation remarks

Turkish govt. detains doctors over Afrin operation remarks

Turkish govt. detains doctors over Afrin operation remarks

"The Kurds always wanted good relations" with the regime, said Kurdish affairs specialist Mutlu Civiroglu, stressing that the minority never pursued fully-fledged independence.

The Russia-sponsored conference opened in the Black Sea resort of Sochi after a two-hour delay, after some members of rebel groups returned to the airport in protest. "This is real filth, this is the honourless stance that should be said "no" to", Erdogan said.

"We go through great measures to deconflict", he said. "There is a dire need for a comprehensive Syrian dialogue for the sake of a comprehensive deal for the Syrian crisis". The US has mostly just ignored those warnings.

Opposition figures have said Russian Federation is trying to undermine the United Nations -led peace talks.

Russian Federation has been steering a separate Syria negotiating track in Astana, Kazakhstan, as well.

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Afrin, a remote area in northern Syria, was a very popular geotag for Instagram posts shared by Turkish troops.

Turkey, which is waging a military offensive against Kurdish YPG fighters in Syria's northwestern region of Afrin, has repeatedly said it will also drive the YPG militia from the mainly Arab town of Manbij, east of Afrin.

A Turkish prosecutor ordered the detention of the head of the Turkish Medical Association (TTB) and 10 other leaders of the doctors' union on Tuesday, after the body criticised Turkey's military operation in north Syria. It said prosecutors had issued warrants for 11 members of the association. Turkey calls the groups terrorists.

The Paris-based media watchdog Reporters Without Borders has slammed the detentions as the Turkish government's "witch hunt against critics".

The incursion into Afrin canton allows Turkey to strike at valuable PKK strongholds close to the Turkish border, damage the strength of the Kurdish polity in northern Syria and thereby attempt to destroy the possibility of a Syrian Kurdish quasi-state emerging on its souther border in the aftermath of the war.

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