1. Erdogan Condemns Associating Islam With Terrorism last minute news
Turkey's president on Wednesday condemned those who use the word 'Islam' as an adjective to describe terrorism.
"Islam is a religion of peace," Recep Tayyip Erdogan said during an event at a venue in east London organized by the AK Party's UK branch presidency where he and First Lady Emine Erdogan met representatives of the Turkish community.
Erdogan also touched on Turkey's fight against terrorism.
"Those who think they can discipline Turkey with terrorism and blackmail are embarrassed after failing to achieve their target."
He added that Turkey is "independent in its foreign policy" and does not seek approval of operations for its own security.
Turkey launched Operation Peace Spring on Oct. 9 to eliminate YPG/PKK terrorists from northern Syria east of the Euphrates River in order to secure Turkey's borders, aid in the safe return of Syrian refugees and ensure Syria's territorial integrity.
Under two separate deals with the U.S. and Russia, Turkey paused the operation to allow the withdrawal of YPG/PKK terrorists from a planned Syrian safe zone.
Ankara wants YPG/PKK terrorists to withdraw from the region so a safe zone can be created to pave the way for the safe return of some 2 million refugees.
In its more than 30-year terror campaign against Turkey, the PKK -- listed as a terrorist organization by Turkey, the U.S. and the European Union -- has been responsible for the deaths of nearly 40,000 people, including women, children and infants. -
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