Turkish military frees two more towns from PYD terrorists in Syria's Afrin

Pauline Gross
February 12, 2018

After Mr Erdogan declared "one of our helicopters was also downed", the Turkish prime minister said the cause of the helicopter's crash was not yet clear and investigations were ongoing.

Turkey resumed airstrikes in Syria's Kurdish enclave of Afrin after a brief lull, killing and wounding several people, the military and Kurdish officials said Friday. "There are understandings between the two forces. for the sake of delivering reinforcements to Afrin", Kino Gabriel, spokesman for the Kurdish-dominated Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), said.

YPG is regarded by Turkey as an extension of the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK), which has fought a three-decade armed conflict in Turkey and is regarded as a terrorist group by the U.S. and the European Union.

In Jandaris, the Kurdish forces said their troops killed 11 Turkish-backed Syrian rebels and wounded 15 others.

Accounts associated with the Azerbaijani lobby in Turkey distributed photos, apparently taken in the war zone, showing messages written on shells like "Karabakh is Turkish, will remain Turkish" with a hashtag for the Turkish official name for the Afrin operation, "Olive Branch".

Since the beginning of the operation, the Turkish Armed Forces and Free Syrian Army have managed to capture 48 different strategic areas from terrorists including a town center, 31 villages, three rural areas and 13 hills. Turkey has always been one of the main allies of the anti-Assad rebels.

But tensions have mounted in recent months, with Damascus threatening to march into parts of eastern and northern Syria captured by the SDF, with support from the US-led coalition.

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There were also reports of the government using toxic agents in residential areas.

Western powers have expressed alarm over the government's campaign against Eastern Ghouta, where 400,000 people have been besieged since 2013, facing severe food and medicine shortages.

Pro-Assad forces backed by Russian Federation and Iran, and YPG forces have fought each other elsewhere in Syria, and Damascus opposes YPG demands for autonomy.

At least two million people live in Idlib, the largest area controlled by the opposition.

"The conduct and management of this war has been utterly shameful from the outset, and the failure to end it marks an epic failure of global diplomacy", said Mr Al Hussein.

"After seven years of paralysis in the (UN) Security Council, the situation in Syria is crying out to be referred to the International Criminal Court, as well as for a much more concerted effort by (s) tates to bring peace", he said.

Other reports by GizPress

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