Turkish Forces Seize More Territory to Kurdish Militias

Turkish Forces Seize More Territory to Kurdish Militias

Turkish Forces Seize More Territory to Kurdish Militias

Over the last 48 hours, Afrin city has reportedly been targeted by Turkish air strikes, the water has been cut off, and the internet severed.

On January 20, the Turkish General Staff declared the launch of the Olive Branch Operation in the northern Syrian district of Afrin against Kurdish forces controlled by the Kurdish People's Protection Units (YPG), an organization listed as a terrorist in Turkey. Jamie Janson is a British volunteer with the Syrian Kurdish militia, the YPG, in the Afrin region.

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Erdogan said on Sunday Turkish troops and allied Syrian rebels were now just four to five kilometres from Afrin.

North Atlantic Treaty Organisation members not only show no support towards Turkey's Operation Olive Branch and would even openly oppose Ankara's actions in Syria, but did not have the guts to do so, Erdogan claimed.

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Washington has repeatedly called upon Turkey to stop its "aggression" against the Afrin region, omitting the fact that the US-led coalition itself spent years in Syria without any invitation from the government or worldwide approval. The PKK is considered to be a terrorist group not only by Turkey, but also by the United States and the EU.

On Saturday, worldwide activists and Kurdish communities in foreign countries marched and protested against what they called the Turkish aggression against Afrin and European arms trade with Turkey.

Later, the base became an important military zone for the YPG/PKK terrorists.

Ayn al-Arab, better known by its Kurdish name Kobane, has huge symbolic importance as it was the epicentre of a struggle with Islamic State (IS) jihadists which was eventually won by the Kurds.

The calls have been dismissed by Turkish officials, who insist they are fighting against "terrorists", while Afrin was not explicitly mentioned in the resolution.

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