Category: Afrin

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Kurdish fighters negate to wrestle Turkey navy after Afrin withdrawal

Kurdish fighters in the northwestern Syrian region of Afrin have vowed to continue fighting Turkey’s forces and Turkey-backed rebel groups, by shifting from direct confrontation to guerrilla tactics. Meanwhile, the Free Syrian Army (FSA) rebels and Turkish forces, who gained complete control of the city of Afrin on Sunday, continued their activities to secure the…

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Free Syrian Military neighborhood ‘captures’ Afrin city

Turkish forces and the Free Syrian Army (FSA) opposition group have captured the city centre of Afrin in Syria, which was previously controlled by Kurdish fighters, Turkish military forces and President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said. “The Turkish armed forces and Free Syrian Army have taken the control of Afrin’s city centre,” the Turkish military said in a…

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Free Syrian Military rebels assert they entered Afrin metropolis centre

The Free Syrian Army (FSA) rebel group has entered the city centre of Afrin, which had been controlled by Kurdish fighters, according FSA spokespersons and Turkish media. Clashes between the opposing sides were ongoing on Sunday morning, privately-owned Dogan News Agency and FSA spokespersons said on Sunday morning. Videos and photos shared by the Turkish-backed…

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UN ‘deeply alarmed’ about civilians deaths in besieged Afrin

The United Nations has said that there were alarming reports about civilian deaths in the Syrian enclave of Afrin, where Kurdish forces were said to be blocking civilians from leaving the city. The UN rights office said it had been receiving “deeply alarming reports from Afrin in northwestern Syria about civilian deaths and injuries due to…

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Syrian civilians flit embattled Jap Ghouta and Afrin

Civilians continue to flee Syria’s Eastern Ghouta and Afrin in record numbers as Syrian and Turkish military operations continue against their respective foes. Roughly 50,000 people have fled the two areas – 20,000 from Eastern Ghouta, a Damascus suburb, and 30,000 from Afrin, in Syria’s Kurdish-dominated northeast – according to some counts. Eastern Ghouta has…

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Turkey forces ‘encircle’ Kurdish-controlled centre of Afrin

Turkey’s army and allied Syrian rebel forces have surrounded the city of Afrin in northwestern Syria, the main target of Turkey’s operation there.  The military said on Tuesday that forces encircled Afrin and also gained the control “areas of critical importance” in the region as of Monday. The Syrian Observatory of Human Rights (SOHR), a…

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Civilians organise ‘human defend’ to guard Kurdish Afrin

People are planning to act as human shields in an effort to protect the Syrian city of Afrin as the Turkish military and its allied forces prepare to capture the Kurdish-controlled urban centre. Turkey launched its cross-border operation on January 20 saying it needed to eliminate the Kurdish militia known as the People’s Protection Units…

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Skilled-authorities fighters cross into Syria’s Afrin

A convoy of pro-government fighters entered Syria’s Afrin region on Tuesday to support Kurdish fighters battling Turkey’s military but immediately came under artillery fire. Syrian state television showed video of the convoy of pro-government forces deployed to help fend off Turkey’s assault against Kurdish YPG fighters. “The Syrian government has responded to the call of…

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Turkey denies reports Syria will succor YPG in Afrin

Turkey’s deputy prime minister has dismissed as “false” media reports that Syrian government forces were poised to enter a Kurdish enclave in Syria’s Afrin. Bekir Bozdag, however, warned any move by Syrian soldiers to help the Kurdish People’s Protection Units, or YPG, repel a Turkish offensive in northwestern Syria would be a “major disaster” for…

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Cavusoglu: No one can finish Turkish forces in Afrin

The Turkish foreign minister has said that Syrian forces cannot stop its army’s advances in Afrin, in response to reports that the Syrian regime forces will fight alongside Kurdish YPG fighters in the border town. Speaking at a press conference in the Jordanian capital, Amman, Mevlut Cavusoglu said on Monday that Turkey welcomed the entry of…