Armenian lawmaker Edmon Marukyan, representing the Alliance of Liberals and Democrats for Europe (ALDE) made a statement on behalf of the group regarding the military operation of Turkey in Syria's Afrin. Further raising the stakes, Ankara has also floated an operation on Manbij, a YPG-held town to the east where there is a USA military presence, and even to areas east of the Euphrates up to the Iraqi border.
The Syrian Democratic Forces said the first week of Turkey's incursion had left more than 100 civilians and fighters dead.
'A big country like the US has a huge army and potential, does it need terrorist organizations [for its operations in the region]?' the premier questioned.
The Easter Ghouta suburb of Damascus has been under intensive attack, and the United Nations says government forces are holding 400,000 people under siege there.
More importantly, this escalation all but ensures Turkey will be in an military confrontation with the United States, as all of America's troops deployed in Syria are in YPG territory, embedded with the Kurds, who they consider allies.
That has heightened tensions with North Atlantic Treaty Organisation member Turkey's Western allies - particularly the United States, which has backed the Kurdish YPG in their fight against the Islamic State group.
With Operation Olive Branch, Turkey seems to want to send a message to its allies that Turkey's concerns are not less important than theirs and also show that the world is no longer unipolar, with Turkey having no other option but to be dependent on the US. At the same time, Russian, Iranian and Turkish diplomats met to prepare for the Syrian "National Dialogue Congress " to be held in Sochi, Russia on January 30, and seek to consolidate a so-called peace process in which the Assad regimes structures would be maintained.
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On Jan. 20, Turkey launched Operation Olive Branch to remove PYD/PKK and Daesh terrorists from Afrin. However, it has been supported by the USA in the fight against Daesh.
YPG is the military wing of PYD, a group in northern Syria that Ankara has deemed a "terror group" for its links to the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK).
As a result of broken promises by the U.S., Turkey shifted its position and vowed to clear all terrorists from northern Syria, including Manbij and the eastern parts of the Euphrates.
He also criticized calls by US and other allies for a quick resolution of Turkey's incursion, saying military interventions in places in Afghanistan and Iraq lasted for several years. Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan condemned the decision and announced the start of the military operation against SDF-held areas.
Information for this article was contributed by Bassem Mroue and staff members of The Associated Press.