World Bulletin / News Desk
Twitter accounts backing the terrorist group are using old and irrelevant pictures without hesitation; they even tried to portray an award-winning photo from 1983 about the earthquake in Turkey's eastern Erzurum province as if it was taken during the ongoing operation in Afrin.
The quake picture by Mustafa Bozdemir shows the desperation of a mother who lost her four children during the 7.1 magnitude earthquake in Erzurum's Narman Village in 1983.
Another photo that was used to smear the operation turned out to be a picture of post-Assad regime attack in Eastern Ghouta from January this year.
The terror groups have been trying hard through their lies to convince the international community that the Operation Olive Branch also targets civilians in Afrin, which is not the case.
Another photo that was used several times with hashtags on Twitter "TurkeyWarCrimes", was actually from Sept. 26, 2016 for a story on France blaming the Assad regime for its war crimes in Aleppo.
All the claims made by such terror groups and their backers are false since the pictures have been proved to be taken before the Operation Olive Branch began.
Some social media accounts which posted false images of different events later were shut down and their posts were removed.
The PKK terror group has given instructions to its supporters to post false and fake images ahead of the United Nations General Assembly meeting, claiming that "civilians are being targeted".
According to the Turkish General Staff, the aim of the Afrin operation is to establish security and stability along Turkish borders and the region, and to protect the Syrian people from the oppression and cruelty of terrorists.
The operation was being carried out under the framework of Turkey’s rights based on international law, UN Security Council’s decisions, self-defense rights under the UN charter and respect to Syria's territorial integrity, the military added.
It also said only terrorist targets were being destroyed and "utmost importance" was being given to not harm any civilian.
The PYD/PKK is the Syrian offshoot of the PKK terrorist group, which has been designated a terrorist organization by Turkey, the U.S. and the EU.