Situation in Syria's Afrin Causes Grave Concern - Russian Foreign Ministry

Lena Tucker
February 1, 2018

Turkey launched a major military operation on 20 January to clear the Kurdish People's Protection Units, or the YPG, from Syria's northern Afrin region, and claimed last weekend to have killed more than 400 Kurdish fighters, whose forces control around a quarter of Syrian territory.

"The Turkish Air Force struck 22 targets of PYD/YPG during the attacks as part of the Operation Olive Branch", the report said.

The controversy over a possible Syria border force first started on January 14 when a report emerged on Reuters saying that the military coalition led by the United States in Syria was planning to set up a large border force of up to 30,000 personnel with the aid of its militia allies.

The Turkish government detained all the senior members of the country's biggest medial association on Tuesday, following a statement from the group criticizing Turkey's military offensive against Kurdish fighters in Syria.

Manning said he did not know if the US has agreed to stop arming and training its Syrian allies, another request by Turkey.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan hinted on Sunday that the campaign against Kurdish militia could be widened beyond Afrin to "wherever there are terrorists".

This has been a problem long coming, as Turkey has been complaining about USA support for the Kurdish YPG for years, and has telegraphed that they'd eventually invade Syria to get them.

Rockets hit two houses and killed one 17-year-old and wounded another person, Anadolu said.

In an interview with French newspaper Le Figaro, Mr Macron said Turkey must co-ordinate with allies, and that its operation inside Syria must be limited to fighting terror. Two of the victims were Syrian refugees.

"The whole world knows and should know that Turkey does not operate with the mentality of an invader", Yildirim said.

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