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Global anti-Turkey propaganda will not succeed: Erdogan

President of Turkey Recep Tayyip Erdogan delivers a speech in Ankara, Turkey on 8 February 2018 [Kayhan Özer/Anadolu Agency]
President of Turkey Recep Tayyip Erdogan delivers a speech in Ankara, Turkey on 8 February 2018 [Kayhan Özer/Anadolu Agency]

President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Saturday said a global anti-Turkey propaganda based on lies would not be successful.

“Launching of a worldwide war of propaganda, based on lies, slander and distortion, by those who cannot deal with Turkey on the ground, will not work,” Erdogan said during a provincial congress by the ruling Justice and Development (AK) Party in the southern province of Kahramanmaras.

According to the Turkish Anadolu Agency supporters of PYD/PKK are involved in a smear campaign against Turkey’s ongoing counter-terror operation in Syria through the use of crude photo manipulation and misrepresentation. Social media accounts linked to the group allegedly post morphed photos which are unrelated to the ongoing operation and have actually been taken at another place and time.

Erdogan said:

Those who see us as yesterday’s Turkey, and treat us in this manner, have begun to gradually realise the truth

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On January 20, Turkey launched Operation Olive Branch to clear YPG/PKK and Daesh terrorists from Afrin.

According to the Turkish General Staff, the operation aims to establish security and stability along Turkey’s borders and the region as well as protect Syrians from terrorist oppression and cruelty.

The operation is being carried out under the framework of Turkey’s rights based on international law, UN Security Council resolutions, its self-defence rights under the UN charter, and respect for Syria’s territorial integrity, it said.

The military also said only terror targets were being destroyed and that “utmost care” was being taken to not harm civilians.

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