FILE-In this Sunday, Oct. 13, 2019 file photo, youths celebrate in Akcakale, Sanliurfa province, southeastern Turkey, after the state-run Anadolu news agency reported the northern Syrian town of Tal Abyad had fallen to the Turkish military offensive. Since Turkey announced its incursion into neighbouring Syria to clear out Kurdish fighters last week, patriotic sentiment has run high, with national emblems being proudly displayed. (AP Photo/Lefteris Pitarakis, File)

AKCAKALE, Turkey (AP) — Since Turkey announced its incursion into neighboring Syria to clear out Kurdish fighters last week, patriotic sentiment has run high — as has bewilderment and anger at the overwhelmingly negative international reaction to Ankara's actions.

"At times of this kind of Turkish operation, we as Turkish people feel prouder about our nation," said Cuma Gunay, a 47-year-old supermarket owner in the border town of Akcakale.

Ankara has long argued the Kurdish fighters are nothing more than an extension of the Kurdistan Workers Party, or PKK, which has waged a guerrilla campaign inside Turkey since the 1980s and which Turkey, as well as the U.S. and European Union, designate a terrorist organization.

But the offensive has led to an international outcry, causing tens of thousands to flee their homes and upending alliances in Syria's eight-year war.

FILE-In this Monday, Oct. 14, 2019 file photo, Turkey's players salute as they celebrate a goal against France during the Euro 2020 group H qualifying soccer match between France and Turkey at Stade de France at Saint Denis, north of Paris, France. Since Turkey announced its incursion into neighbouring Syria to clear out Kurdish fighters last week, patriotic sentiment has run high, with the National soccer team players giving military salutes during international matches among the outward signs of nationalism. (AP Photo/Thibault Camus, File)
In this Monday, Oct. 14, 2019 photo, Abbas Gulenc, 60, a council member of Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's Justice and Development party (AKP) gathers with others in a show of support for Turkey's operation in Syria, beside a poster of Erdogan, in the border town of Akcakale, Sanliurfa province, southeastern Turkey. Since Turkey announced its incursion into neighbouring Syria to clear out Kurdish fighters last week, patriotic sentiment has run high. (AP Photo/Lefteris Pitarakis, FILE)
FILE-In this Sunday, Oct. 13, 2019 file photo, a child stands across from a building damaged by a mortar fired from inside Syria, in the border town of Akcakale, Sanliurfa province, southeastern Turkey. Since Turkey announced its incursion into neighbouring Syria to clear out Kurdish fighters last week, patriotic sentiment has run high, with national emblems being proudly displayed. (AP Photo/Lefteris Pitarakis, File)
FILE-In this Thursday, Oct. 10, 2019 file photo, taken from the Turkish side of the border between Turkey and Syria, in Akcakale, Sanliurfa province, southeastern Turkey, smoke billows from targets inside Tal Abyad ,Syria during bombardment by Turkish forces. Since Turkey announced its incursion into neighbouring Syria to clear out Kurdish fighters last week, patriotic sentiment has run high with many public signs of support for the military. (AP Photo/Lefteris Pitarakis)
FILE-In this Wednesday, Oct. 9, 2019 file photo, shortly after the Turkish operation inside Syria had started, local residents cheer and applaud as a convoy of Turkish forces vehicles is driven through the town of Akcakale, Sanliurfa province, southeastern Turkey, at the border between Turkey and Syria. Since Turkey announced its incursion into neighbouring Syria to clear out Kurdish fighters last week, patriotic sentiment has run high with many public signs of support for the military. (AP Photo/Lefteris Pitarakis, File)
FILE-In this Friday, Oct. 11, 2019 file photo, Turkish police officers secure the area as a Turkish flag-draped mourner attends the funeral of ten-month-old Mohammed Omar Saar, killed during incoming shelling from Syria Thursday, in Akcakale, Sanliurfa province, southeastern Turkey, at the border with Syria. Since Turkey announced its incursion into neighbouring Syria to clear out Kurdish fighters last week, patriotic sentiment has run high with national emblems proudly displayed. (AP Photo/Lefteris Pitarakis, File)
FILE-In this Saturday, Oct. 12, 2019 file photo, a local resident looks out from a hole on a house that was damaged by a mortar fired from inside Syria, on the Turkish town of Akcakale, southeastern Turkey. Since Turkey announced its incursion into neighbouring Syria to clear out Kurdish fighters last week, patriotic sentiment has run high. (AP Photo/Lefteris Pitarakis, File)
FILE-In this Monday, Oct. 14, 2019 file photo, a man kisses a poster of Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan during show of support by about a dozen people for Turkey's operation in Syria, in the border town of Akcakale, Sanliurfa province, southeastern Turkey. Since Turkey announced its incursion into neighbouring Syria to clear out Kurdish fighters last week, patriotic sentiment has run high. (AP Photo/Lefteris Pitarakis)
FILE-In this Saturday, Oct. 12, 2019 file photo, a Turkish police armoured vehicle patrols the town of Akcakale, Sanliurfa province, southeastern Turkey, at the border with Syria. Since Turkey announced its incursion into neighbouring Syria to clear out Kurdish fighters last week, patriotic sentiment has run high with many public signs of support for the military. (AP Photo/Lefteris Pitarakis, File)
FILE-In this Tuesday, Oct. 8, 2019 file photo a child flashes a hand gesture representing the Turkish far-right grey wolves organisation as he stands by a flag of Turkey's Nationalist Movement Party (MHP) at the Turkish side of the border between Turkey and Syria, in Akcakale, Sanliurfa province, southeastern Turkey. Since Turkey announced its incursion into neighbouring Syria to clear out Kurdish fighters last week, patriotic sentiment has run high, with national emblems being proudly displayed. (AP Photo/Lefteris Pitarakis, File)
FILE-In this Friday, Oct. 11, 2019 file photo, mourners carry the coffin of ten-month-old Mohammed Omar Saar, killed during incoming shelling from Syria Thursday, in Akcakale, Sanliurfa province, southeastern Turkey, at the border with Syria.  Since Turkey announced its incursion into neighbouring Syria to clear out Kurdish fighters last week, patriotic sentiment has run high. (AP Photo/Lefteris Pitarakis, File)
FILE-In this Wednesday, Oct. 9, 2019 file photo, shortly after the Turkish operation inside Syria had started, a Turkish soldiers stands at the border with Syria in Akcakale, Sanliurfa province, southeastern Turkey.  Since Turkey announced its incursion into neighbouring Syria to clear out Kurdish fighters last week, patriotic sentiment has run high, with signs of the glory days of the Ottoman Empire among the outward signs of patriotism. (AP Photo/Lefteris Pitarakis, File)
FILE-In this Saturday, Oct. 12, 2019 file photo, mourners carry the coffin of ten-month-old Mohammed Omar Saar, killed during incoming shelling from Syria Thursday, in Akcakale, Sanliurfa province, southeastern Turkey, at the border with Syria. Since Turkey announced its incursion into neighbouring Syria to clear out Kurdish fighters last week, patriotic sentiment has run high, with national emblems being proudly displayed.  (AP Photo/Lefteris Pitarakis, File)
FILE-In this Wednesday, Oct. 9, 2019 file photo, shortly after the Turkish operation inside Syria had started, a convoy of Turkish forces vehicles is driven through the town of Akcakale, Sanliurfa province, southeastern Turkey, at the border between Turkey and Syria. Since Turkey announced its incursion into neighbouring Syria to clear out Kurdish fighters last week, patriotic sentiment has run high with many public signs of support for the military.  (AP Photo/Lefteris Pitarakis, File)
FILE - In this file photo dated Saturday, Oct. 12, 2019, Gold medalist on the rings Ibrahim Colak of Turkey celebrates on the podium after the men's apparatus finals at the Gymnastics World Championships in Stuttgart, Germany.  Since Turkey announced its incursion into neighboring Syria to clear out Kurdish fighters last week, patriotic sentiment has run high with many outward sign of national pride on public display. (AP Photo/Matthias Schrader, FILE)