Turkey launched a solo military offensive against the Syrian Kurdish People's Protection Units or YPG on January 20 to clear them from Afrin in northwestern Syria. NATO, Turkey is not a NATO country?
"If you are called for duty, I will be the first to join you", the Turkish strongman was quoted as saying, referring to martyrdom.
"But NATO when will you stand behind us?" he said on March 11, saying Turkey's borders are "under constant threat".
"We have a 911-kilometer border [with Syria] and terrorist organizations are harassing us constantly from this border".
Erdogan has said his troops and the Syrian fighters they were backing could break into the town "at any moment", and on Saturday said they could go even further east. Unfortunately, until now, there has not been a positive word or voice. "Turkey will fight terrorists anywhere they operate", he added.
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. "Are we not a North Atlantic Treaty Organisation member?"
According to the Observatory, Turkey and allied Syrian opposition factions now hold 60 percent of the Afrin region.
Pro-Kurdish demonstrators staged protests against Turkey's military offensive in northern Syria on Sunday scuffling with Turks and German police at Duesseldorf airport, while in Britain they temporarily closed two train stations, authorities said.
The military intervention came after the United States said it would set up a 30,000-strong militant border force at Turkish doorstep.
The YPG too denies any direct organisational links to Turkey's PKK- an assertion backed by a US -led coalition whose air strikes have helped the militia and allied Arab fighters drive Islamic State militants out of tens of thousands of square kilometres of Syria.
At the time she said that the Afrin region was "certainly within Syria".