Turkish president Ergodan tells girl she'd be honored if martyred

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"Take us to Afrin!", in reference to Turkey's operations against Kurdish fighters in Syria's northern Afrin region.

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"But Maroon Berets don't cry", the president said.

After trying to comfort the girl by kissing her on both cheeks, Mr Erdogan told the crowd: "She has the Turkish flag in her pocket".

Leader of newly-founded opposition IYI Party, Meral Aksener, said Erdogan "is on the path of Hamas" and called for him to "stop babbling" and "put on a serious statesman attitude".

Tiras held her salute however her face crumples as she was lifted out of the crowd to meet the president.

The country has waged a military campaign against Syrian Kurdish troops tied to rebels who are fighting inside Turkey.

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A total of 1,780 "terrorists" have been "neutralized" since Ankara began launching air strikes and its troops advanced into the Kurdish-held territories, according to the Turkish General Staff. Ankara insists that the offensive is exclusively aimed at neutralizing threats to its national security, denying allegations that it has targeted civilians.

'The mindset that abuses children by promising them death will lose, ' the party said in a tweet.

"Oh my God, I am shocked", one Twitter user posted, according to the paper.

The mainstream press, which has been increasingly under the thumb of the government, did not focus on the girl's tears.

Meral Aksener of the IYI Party, also known as the "Good Party" because it was established to offer an alternative to Erdogan's authoritarian style ("iyi" is the Turkish word for "good"), accused the president of "following Hamas" by endorsing martyrdom for tots.

Turkey's president has come under fire after telling a tearful young girl in military uniform the country would honour her if she became a martyr.

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