Turkey bombs Afrin, Aleppo, in military preparation to infiltrate it

اعداد عبد الله الدرويش | تحرير محمد علاء | ترجمة نهى سالطي | تحرير الترجمة Vera Halvorsen 🕔 تم النشر بتاريخ : 14 يناير، 2018 3:49:30 م خبر دوليعسكري تركيا

Aleppo - SMART

On Sunday, the Turkish Army bombed, the Syrian Democratic Forces' bases in Afrin, 42 km north of Aleppo, Northern Syria, with heavy artillery shells. The SDF is an alliance of factions and military forces sponsored by the United States, operating in Northern and Northeastern Syria.

More than 40 Turkish artillery shells, centering on the Syrian-Turkish border in Hatay, targeted Basufan, Jandiris, Rajo and Maskinli in Afrin. No casualties were reported, according to the Turkish news agency Anadolu.   

A source told SMART that Turkey is preparing for a military operation in Afrin in the next days, pointing out that Turkey deployed military buildups to the borders with Afrin. Turkey also sent military buildups, including tanks, armored vehicle, and medium and heavy machine guns, to their commanders inside Syria.

The source added that the Free Syrian Army of the Euphrates Shield, operating in Northern Aleppo, has accelerated their preparations to regain control of Afrin.

Yesterday, more than ten Turkish artillery shells targeted Jalma, Deir Ballut, Iska and Qara Baba, as the Kurdish People's Protection Units (YPG), which is the main component of the SDF, retaliated the Turkish bombing, according to YPG media sources.

On Jan. 9, 2018, the Turkish President, Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, emphasized his country's intention to continue the Euphrates Shield Operation, which Turkey launched in Northern Syria in late August 2016, in order to gain control of the YPG-controlled areas of Manbij and Afrin.

Turkey has threatened to attack Afrin on multiple occasions, and the Turkish defense minister said that the operation against the YPG might be launched soon. The Turkish President said in earlier statements that his country should "cleanse" Afrin of the YPG, and he does not exclude coordinating this operation with Bashar al-Assad.

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اعداد عبد الله الدرويش | تحرير محمد علاء | ترجمة نهى سالطي | تحرير الترجمة Vera Halvorsen 🕔 تم النشر بتاريخ : 14 يناير، 2018 3:49:30 م خبر دوليعسكري تركيا
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