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Criticism of Syrian offensive: Turkey detains 11 top doctors

Criticism of Syrian offensive: Turkey detains 11 top doctors

"The Kurds always wanted good relations" with the regime, said Kurdish affairs specialist Mutlu Civiroglu, stressing that the minority never pursued fully-fledged independence. Speaking on Sunday, President Erdogan said the campaign could now be extended to other parts of the 500-mile Turkish-Syrian border, to create a 20-mile "security zone".

"We can confidently say that all the suitable circumstances to end the painful page in the history of the Syrian people are present", Lavrov said.

Lavrov said that Moscow has worked to have this conference represent more Syrians, adding that "only the Syrian people have the right to determine their future".

Earlier Tuesday, Russian Foreign Ministry spokesman Artyom Kozhin confirmed earlier reports of some members of the rebel groups returning to the airport in protest.

Opposition figures have said Russian Federation is trying to undermine the United Nations -led peace talks.

Afrin, a remote area in northern Syria, was a very popular geotag for Instagram posts shared by Turkish troops.

The initial focus on the Turkish assault has been in the Afrin border region.

Anadolu Agency says the chief of the Turkish Medical Association and seven others were detained in Tuesday's police operations for breach of Turkey's anti-terror laws. It said prosecutors had issued warrants for 11 members of the association.

"We lost five servicemen during Operation Olive Branch".

The agency quoted Hartyon Kivork, a relative of the family, as saying: "Their ancestors fled the oppression of the Turkish authorities almost 100 years ago in the result of the massacres committed by the Turks against the Armenians so that they headed towards Afrin to live in peace among their Kurdish brothers and all other peoples and sects living in the area". Meanwhile, Ankara government sources said over 300 people had been arrested in Turkey, most of whose 75 million inhabitants are Sunni Muslims, for spreading "terrorist propaganda" against the military action.


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