The Turkish government has admitted to taking olives from a Turkish-held Syrian region after it was revealed that oil processed from olive trees in Syria is being sold in the European Union as a Turkish product. Residents of the Afrin region accused Turkey of harvesting the olives, while Turkish officials defended the practice as both a justifiable spoil of war and necessary to keep valuable olives out of the hands of Kurdish militants.
Turkey admits to taking olives from occupied Syria
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