“They claim they are fighting ISIS across the border, but if they were actually doing this, they would first do something about the ISIS network on our (Turkish) soil,” she said. Turkish officials stated that the Syrian operation aims to clear “all terrorists.” Ankara has long accused the Syrian Kurdish YPG, or the Kurdish People’s Protection Units, of being linked to the PKK, where it considers a “terror organization.”
ISIS has targeted Kurds in Turkey at least four or five times since the June 2015 general election. The latest was a horrific attack on a wedding party in Gaziantep just a week ago that killed more than 50 guests, including 29 children. Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan visited Gaziantep on Sunday to pay his condolences, but Demirel argues, it is an empty gesture.