Category: Afrin

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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…

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Turkey denies employ of chemical weapons in Syria’s Afrin

A senior Turkish official has denied the claims by a monitoring group and Syrian state media that Turkey’s military used chemical weapons on civilians in its operation against the Kurdish YPG fighters in northwestern Syria. “It is out of question for Turkey to use an internationally prohibited war tool in Afrin,” Yasin Aktay, a chief adviser…

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US’ Mattis says some PYD/PKK inviting to Afrin

Turkey has legitimate security concerns along border with Syria and we do not dismiss that, says US defence secretary US Defense Secretary James Mattis has acknowledged that some members of the PYD/PKK-led SDF had shifted to Afrin, Syria amid Turkey’s ongoing operation against the groups in the border region, according to Anadolu news agency.  “The…

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Turkish navy suffers deadliest day in Syria’s Afrin

Turkey says it has suffered its deadliest day yet in northern Syria since launching its offensive against YPG Kurdish fighters there more than two weeks ago. On Saturday, eight Turkish soldiers were killed, according to a Turkish army statement.  Some died after their tank came under fire from Kurdish forces. Turkey wants to push the YPG,…

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Why is Russia helping Turkey in Afrin?

On January 20, Turkey launched an air and ground offensive, which it called “Olive Branch”, against the Kurdish-controlled enclave of Afrin in northern Syria. As the offensive progressed rapidly, it became obvious that such an ambitious operation could not have been possible without Russia’s explicit approval. First of all, the operation required the Turkish Air…

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Has Russia greenlighted Turkey’s Afrin offensive?

Turkey launched its air and ground operation against Kurdish fighters in the Syrian enclave of Afrin on Saturday, with analysts pointing to Moscow’s apparent, tacit approval of the military offensive. Russian forces were withdrawn from the area just before the operation began and Turkish jets were allowed to use the Afrin airspace, controlled by the Syrian…

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Turkey battles Syrian Kurds ‘on two fronts’ in Afrin

Turkish troops have taken control of 11 Kurdish positions and created “safe zones” in neighbouring Syria’s northwestern region of Afrin, according to Turkish media. Reports on Tuesday said the army, aided by Free Syria Army rebels, is pushing towards the southern part of the Syrian region with fronts on the west and the east. The…

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‘Relentless’ shelling as Turkey intensifies Afrin push

The Turkish army has intensified an offensive against Syrian Kurdish positions in the enclave of Afrin, as President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said there would be no “stepping back” in Ankara’s operation, now in its third day. Anadolu, Turkey’s state-run news agency, reported on Monday that Turkish forces continued to shell Kurdish-held areas in northwestern Syria…