Turkey begins military operation and launches first raid on Afrin

تحرير عبيدة النبواني | ترجمة سمارة بلبول | تحرير الترجمة Vera Halvorsen 🕔 تم النشر بتاريخ : 20 يناير، 2018 6:48:32 م خبر عسكري معركة عفرين

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The Turkish Military Chief of the General Staff has begun a military operation in Afrin, Northern Aleppo, Northern Syria, against the Kurdish People’s Protection Units (YPG) under the operation name Olive Branch. Turkish warplanes launched raids that injured several people.

The Chief of Staff said that the operation started at 5 pm on Saturday evening, “to stabilize and secure the borders and the area,” and to defeat what they called “the terrorists of YPG, PYD, PKK and the Islamic State in Afrin.”

Local activists said that Turkish warplanes launched raids on Afrin. The raids injured six civilians, including two children, in the Al Ashrafieh neighborhood and the village of Trandima. Twelve raids were launched on the town of Tal Rifaat, in addition to similar raids on the Meriamin, Ain Dakna, Rajo, Jandires and Sherwa villages.

The raids targeted YPG bases, located on the Barsaya mountaintop that overlooks Azaz, which is considered the primary base of the Syrian Democratic Forces in the area. The raids destroyed three YPG vehicles during their withdrawal from the area. The raids also targeted the Battalion 135 camp in Qibar, near Afrin.

The Turkish Prime Minister, Binali Yildirim, said that the goal of the battle is to stop the attacks of the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) on the Al Furat Shield areas and Turkish lands; and “to defeat the injustice in the area”.

The Turkish Chief of Staff said earlier today that they struck bases of the Kurdish People’s Protection Units in Afrin as a response the YPG's attacks. An exclusive source in the Kurdish Autonomous Administration said that they defeated an attempted advance to Afrin by the Turkish army and Free Syrian Army factions, through the Bulbol and Rajo provinces.

On Friday, hundreds of FSA fighters entered Turkey to train and prepare for the operation in Afrin.

Turkey considers the YPG a terrorist organization and an extension of the PKK. “No one will prevent Turkey from combating terrorist organizations in Syria,” said the Turkish president earlier.

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