Recep Tayyip Erdogan called the little girl, who was wearing a military-style outfit and a maroon beret, onto the stage. “We have our maroon berets here. But maroon berets never cry (Yet the girl is crying). She has a Turkish flag in her pocket, too. If she is martyred, they will lay a flag on her, God willing,” as the crowd cheered.
On Monday, Turkey deployed police special forces in the Afrin region for a “new battle” against the Kurdish YPG militia, despite a UN call on the weekend for a ceasefire across Syria.