Child Sobs As Turkish President Promises To 'Honor' Her Over Martyrdom

Recep Tayyip Erdogan was delivering a speech at his ruling party AK Parti's congress in the Turkish city of Kahramanmaraş this past weekend when he spotted six-year-old Amine Tiras crying in front of him. "If she becomes a martyr, God willing, she will be wrapped with it", he said after calling her onstage. The Turkish leader used the occasion to whip up public support for the ongoing military operation targeting Kurdish militias in Syria - and to remind those who have completed their service but still had "active mobilization orders" to be ready to be recruited again if the situation requires. The girl has not been identified and was not immediately clear why she was wearing a military uniform.

"Her Turkish flag is in her pocket ..." Girl, what are you doing here? We have our maroon berets as well, but maroon berets never cry.

The confused girl only answered: "Yes".

Clips of the encounter between the President and Amine Tiras are being criticised, with some saying his treatment of a child was inappropriate.

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On Monday, Turkey deployed police special forces in the Afrin region for a "new battle" against the Kurdish YPG militia, despite a United Nations call on the weekend for a ceasefire across Syria. "The mindset that abuses children by promising them death will lose".

Erdogan's visit to Algeria will be the second Turkish presidential trip to the country, while he will pay the country's first presidential visits to Mauritania and Mali, it added.

Student intake at Islamic schools has increased sharply since 2012 and the Turkish government plans to double its funding for religious upper schools.

Ankara sees the YPG to be the Syrian affiliates of the Kurdistan Workers' Party, a terrorist organization listed by Turkey, the U.

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