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Germany: Unable to assess Turkish operation in Syria's Afrin - FM spokesperson02:30

Germany: Unable to assess Turkish operation in Syria's Afrin - FM spokesperson

Germany, Berlin
January 22, 2018 at 18:12 GMT +00:00 · Published

German Foreign Ministry spokesperson Maria Adebahr stated that Germany is unable to assess Turkey's unfolding military offensive against Kurdish regions in Syria as their "image of the situation is not complete," speaking during a Federal Press Conference in Berlin on Monday.

Adebahr warned that a military confrontation will bring unpredictable risks, adding that the Syrian people have suffered enough and the promotion of a political process is needed.

The Foreign Ministry spokesperson noted that the alleged death penalty handed to a German woman in Iraq has not yet been officially confirmed, but underlined that the German government is observing the situation in Baghdad closely.

On Saturday, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan announced the launch of the military operation in Syria's Afrin province, dubbed 'Olive Branch'.

Erdogan also declared that the next target for Turkish forces would be Syria's Manbij.

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).

Germany: Unable to assess Turkish operation in Syria's Afrin - FM spokesperson02:30
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German Foreign Ministry spokesperson Maria Adebahr stated that Germany is unable to assess Turkey's unfolding military offensive against Kurdish regions in Syria as their "image of the situation is not complete," speaking during a Federal Press Conference in Berlin on Monday.

Adebahr warned that a military confrontation will bring unpredictable risks, adding that the Syrian people have suffered enough and the promotion of a political process is needed.

The Foreign Ministry spokesperson noted that the alleged death penalty handed to a German woman in Iraq has not yet been officially confirmed, but underlined that the German government is observing the situation in Baghdad closely.

On Saturday, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan announced the launch of the military operation in Syria's Afrin province, dubbed 'Olive Branch'.

Erdogan also declared that the next target for Turkish forces would be Syria's Manbij.

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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