Against the disinformation campaigns carried out by some groups in the social media on the Operation Olive Branch, which the Turkish Armed Forces performed with great success, the Directorate General of Press and Information (DGPI) acted immediately and prepared a brochure which revealed the facts. The work that documented when and where all the photographs used for disinformation were actually taken was translated into 8 languages and conveyed to thousands of national and international press members. With its uninterrupted media follow-up, DGPI continued to individually reveal the lies that terror supporters kept adding on each passing day. All of these are complied in a booklet and conveyed all over the world.
The Operation Olive Branch initiated by the Turkish Armed Forces on 20 January 2018 at 5 p.m. against the PKK/PYD-YPG and DAESH terrorist groups in Afrin, Syria and conducted within the framework of “self-defence right of Turkey” under the Article 51 of the UN Charter has disturbed many circles, especially those that are close to the terrorist groups.
While the Republic of Turkey, whose aim is to preserve Syria's territorial integrity and neutralize the terrorist elements, has been working with all its institutions, regardless of race, language, and religious discrimination to rescue the civilians from the cruelty of terror, those who supported terror and were affected by this launched a disinformation campaign with hundreds pictures on the social media. The lies, however, were revealed in a short time.
Directorate General of Press and Information revealed that all the photographs in the disinformation campaigns did not belong to the Operation Olive Branch that is carried out today, but were either taken during terrorist attacks or some other events in different countries and at different times, while others were altered with, and laid the collected facts down in a brochure first and then in a booklet with updates included. The works published in 8 languages, namely Turkish, Arabic, Russian, Persian, English, French, German and Kurdish were conveyed to the accredited international press members in Turkey, to all national media and to international media organizations and their employees through offices of press counsellors abroad.