Turkish police detain 11 over social media criticism of military operation

Police have detained 11 people in Izmir, western Turkey, over social media posts criticising the military operation launched this week against Kurdish-led groups in northeast Syria, Islamist daily Yeni Şafak reported on Friday.

The Izmır police department detained people suspected of using social media to “slander Operation Peace Spring, make propaganda for a terrorist organisation” and act against Turkey’s security forces, the newspaper said.

The Turkish military launched Operation Peace Spring against the Syrian Democratic Forces and its allies on Wednesday. Ankara views the group as a terrorist organisation due to its links to outlawed Kurdish militant groups in Turkey.

On Wednesday, police in Turkey announced that investigations had been launched into 78 people including two journalists over social media posts criticising the military operation.