Syrian Kurdish Winnipeggers protest violence in 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 terrorist oppression and cruelty.

Turkey-led rebels have advanced to the outskirts of Afrin city since launching an assault on the wider Kurdish enclave of the same name on January 20.

The Kurdish residents of Afrin have said they would act as human shield to confront a Turkish assault on the local Kurdish militia YPG who rules the city, days after Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan announced the siege on the Syrian city was complete and that the Turkish army was preparing to enter it soon.

A group of Syrian Kurdish Winnipeggers held a protest outside the Canadian Museum for Human Rights Sunday to denounce escalating violence in Syria. AP reported Erdogan accused the alliance of double standards.

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The blockade against Qatar and political repression in Kingdom are also a cause for concern. However, his arrival drew protests on the streets of London over the brutal Yemen conflict.

YPG has been a key American ally in the fight against Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) in Syria and the operation has raised tensions with Washington and European NATO powers.

"Hey NATO where are you?" Is this friendship? Is this North Atlantic Treaty Organisation unity? The Turkish government views the YPG as a terror organization and the Syrian branch of the outlawed Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) militant group. The country considers the YPG a terror organization but its North Atlantic Treaty Organisation ally, the United States, backs the fighters to combat Daesh group.

The defeat of ISIS has been welcomed in many parts of Syria and Kurdish militia have staked their right to control the regions in East Syria which had a Kurdish majority population. The latter has been fighting for an autonomous region inside Turkey since 1984.

In northern Syrian zones, in the border with Turkey, have military presence of US forces, with about two thousand soldiers deployed in their military bases in Manbij and other Syrian demarcations.

  • Megan Austin