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... that Turkish troops and allied Syrian opposition forces had entered the town of Jinderes, in the enclave's southwest, where they were engaged in street clashes with Syrian Kurdish forces. Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has said that a siege of Afrin's main city would begin after Jinderes is taken.

BEIRUT, Lebanon -- The Turkish government took the extraordinary step on Wednesday of asking the United States to stop Kurdish commanders from diverting their forces from areas of eastern Syria to the fight in Afrin in the west. The request followed an announcement from the Kurdish forces, which are ...
Turkey has vowed to crush a Syrian Kurdish militia called the People's Protection Units (YPG), which it considers a terrorist group. Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan says it is an extension of the banned Kurdistan Workers' Party, which has fought for Kurdish autonomy in Turkey for three decades.
ISTANBUL -- Militias loyal to the Syrian government swept into the northwestern enclave of Afrin on Thursday in support of Kurdish militias, reclaiming the territory and stealing a march on Turkish forces that have been battling toward the city for nearly a month. Television broadcasts and social media ...

Turkey has warned the Syrian government not to help Kurds fighting against Turkish forces in northern Syria. Deputy Prime Minister Bekir Bozdag said Turkey's operations were going ahead as planned and it would be a "disaster" if Syrian troops were to intervene. Syrian media had earlier said the army ...
KOBANI, Syria -- Turkey's military suffered its worst day yet in the two-week offensive in Afrin, Syria, when at least seven soldiers were killed and a tank was destroyed in the fighting, official Turkish news outlets reported on Sunday. But the losses may be higher, according to other reports. Mustafa Bali, a ...
Indiscriminate shellfire by Turkish troops - and to a lesser extent Kurdish forces - has killed scores of civilians in Syria, a human rights group alleges. Amnesty International said it had verified witness testimony from the north-western Kurdish enclave of Afrin that "painted a grim picture". The use of artillery in ...
... working against its interests in Syria. From the West, the alliance ran into increased pressure against the operation to defeat rebels and jihadis outside Damascus--and from Turkey, it confronted a military threat toward allies in Afrin. Permanent U.N. Security Council member Russia has so far opposed a ...
The Kurds in Afrin have now joined forces with the Assad regime. Aren't they getting their hands dirty? Who doesn't have dirty hands in Syria? Since the outbreak of violence in Syria seven years ago, the Kurds have tried to stay out of this war. Until recently, this has been quite successful. They wanted to ...
The region in question is Afrin, defended by the same YPG and YPJ (People's Protection and women's Protection Units) who defended Kobane, and who afterwards were the only forces in Syria willing to take the battle to the heartland of Islamic State, losing thousands of combatants in the battle for its ...
Turkey - together with the Syrian opposition Free Syrian Army (FSA) rebel group - last month launched an air-and-ground operation into Afrin in the northwest of Syria to vanquish the US-backed Kurdish people's Protection Units (YPG) fighters near its border. Turkey hosts the vast majority of refugees who ...
Syrian rebels backed by Turkey say they have taken more positions from Kurdish fighters around the city of Afrin. ... Kurdish YPG fighters who are backed by the US are getting support from the Syrian government. ... Al Jazeera's Osama bin Javaid has more from Gaziantep, near the Turkey-Syria border.
20, 2018 which provided by the Syrian Civil Defense group known as the White Helmets, shows members of the Syrian Civil Defense run to help survivors from a street that attacked by airstrikes and shelling of the Syrian government forces, in Ghouta, suburb of Damascus, Syria. A Syrian monitoring group ...
Syrian pro-government forces have entered the Kurdish enclave of Afrin, provoking an immediate response from Turkish forces besieging the area. The government was asked for military help by a Kurdish militia that has been trying to repel an offensive by Turkish troops and allied Syrian rebels. Fighters ...

Kurdish fighters in north-western Syria say they have struck a deal with the Syrian government under which it will send troops to help repel a Turkish offensive. The Syrian government in Damascus has offered no confirmation. Turkey regards the Kurdish fighters, just across its border in Afrin, as terrorists.
Seeking safety, Syrians pile up in shared flats in Afrin ... Members of seven displaced families gather at apartment in Afrin on February 1, 2018 where they are all taking shelter after fleeing from a three-week assault by ... Local authorities have sealed off access routes to other parts of Syria, the UN has said.
Afrin, Syria: Day and night, the members of seven displaced families file in and out of the single bathroom and kitchen they share in a cramped apartment in the Syrian town of Afrin. Dozens of families have flooded the town to escape a three-week assault by Turkey and allied Syrian rebels on towns and ...
Beirut, Lebanon (12:45 P.M.) - The Turkish army has deployed elite troops - reportedly specialized in urban warfare - to storm a fortress town held by Kurdish forces in the southwest of Syria's Afrin region. According to reports that have been emerging since Tuesday, the Turkish Army is deploying a ...
A Turkish army helicopter was shot down by Syrian Kurdish YPG fighters near the north Syrian town of Afrin, President Tayyip Erdogan said on Saturday, while the Turkish military said two soldiers on board the aircraft had died, without giving a reason for the crash. YPG sources separately confirmed the ...
Turkey has resumed air attacks in the enclave of Afrin in northern Syria, destroying more than a dozen targets and "neutralising" at least 34 rebels, the Turkish army says. The fighters belonged to the Syrian Kurdish armed group YPG and the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL, also known as ISIS) ...
Iran's President Hassan Rouhani has called on Turkey to stop its military operation in the northern Syrian enclave of Afrin, saying it will only result in more deaths on both sides. In a wide-ranging press conference on Tuesday, the Iranian leader said his government believes "a military foreign intervention ...
If Turkey's military operation in Syria's Afrin province proceeds at its current pace, Ankara will very soon have to make its most critical decision of the drive: whether to enter the center of Afrin city and conduct urban warfare, which could shorten the offensive but risk potentially heavy political-diplomatic risks, ...
Two Turkish soldiers were killed in mortar attacks in Syria's Afrin district and Idlib province, according to a military statement on Feb. 5. The Turkish General Staff in a statement said one of the soldiers was killed in a mortar attack by People's Protection Units (YPG) militants in the YPG-held Afrin's Kuri Hill ...
An affiliate of al Qaeda in Syria, Hayat Tahrir al-Sham, or H.T.S., claimed responsibility, broadcasting footage of the plane's downing. Elements of that same group are among the Free Syrian Army militias, many of them Islamist extremists, who are allied with the Turks and fighting in Afrin, according to the ...
Five Turkish soldiers were killed when their tank was hit in an attack carried out by Kurdish YPG militia fighters on Saturday in northwest Syria's Afrin region, ... to seven the number of Turkish soldiers killed on Saturday in Operation Olive Branch, which Turkey launched against the YPG in Afrin last month.
The Turkish military has suffered the deadliest day in its offensive against Kurdish militias inside northern Syria, with seven soldiers killed. Five of the troops died when their tank was attacked in the Afrin region. PM Binali Yildirim vowed to make the militias "pay for this twice as much" and jets later struck ...
The fight for Afrin puts Washington in a bind with few good options. The Americans have little leverage and no troops in Afrin, which is located in a pocket of Kurdish control at the western edge of Syria's border with Turkey and is cut off from the rest of Kurdish-held territory by a Turkish-held enclave.
When war reached Afrin last week, it arrived with what its Kurdish residents described as a "curse" that could consume the city and spin the Syrian conflict into yet another dangerous direction. The clashes that have followed Turkey's incursion into the border enclave have killed dozens - many of them ...
Turkish military officials cancelled a government-organized press tour to Bursayah Hill, separating the Kurdish-held enclave of Afrin from the Turkey-controlled town of Azaz, due to what they described as "security concerns." Separately, in the nearby rebel-held province of Idlib, suspected Syrian ...
Only a few tanks have actually been seen by the Kurdish fighters north of Afrin and almost nothing at all of the Free Syrian Army militia which - famous in fantasy and fiction from David Cameron's woeful "70,000 strong" force of parliamentary history - does not appear to play any role at all in this latest Syrian ...
In Syria's province of Idlib, activists said at least 11 people were killed on Monday and a hospital was badly damaged and rendered unusable in suspected Syrian government airstrikes on the opposition stronghold. The Turkey-backed offensive against the Syrian Kurdish enclave Afrin and the violence in ...
Turkey and its Free Syrian Army (FSA) rebel allies have killed a total of 394 militants since the offensive on Syria's Afrin region began, President Erdogan said on Saturday. Turkey and the FSA rebel factions have together lost 20 people he added, without giving a breakdown. The U.S.-backed Syrian ...
Last week Turkey opened a new front in the Syrian war by using its air force against the Syrian Kurdish canton of Afrin--which had done absolutely nothing to provoke this attack--even while the battle against ISIS continues in Deir Ezzor, where the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), led by the Kurdish ...
One of the foreign fighters, 24-year-old British national Huang Lei, told CNN that about 25 people from the West were currently in northern Syria's Afrin region helping the People's Protection Units (YPG) hold on to land, as Ankara tries to seize it from the Kurdish group's hands. Another six foreign fighters, ...
The official told a handful of reporters in Ankara on Wednesday that the Syrian Kurdish fighters in Afrin are not part of the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces, which drove ISIS from much of northeastern Syria with the help of the U.S.-led coalition. Regarding threats to expand the offensive to Manbij, the ...
Turkish troops have taken control of 11 Syrian Kurdish force positions and created "safe zones" in neighbouring Syria's northwestern region of Afrin, according to Turkish media. Reports on Tuesday said the Turkish army, aided by Free Syria Army rebels, is pushing towards the southern part of the Syrian ...
An estimated 5,000 people have been displaced by clashes between Turkish-led forces and Kurdish fighters in north-western Syria, the UN says. The civilians have fled communities near the border since Turkey launched an offensive to drive a Kurdish militia out of the Afrin region on Saturday. Some are ...
"PYD terrorists [Syria's Kurdish Democratic Union Party] fired 11 rockets, including nine rockets, which hit the territory of Reyhanli. As a result of the rocket shelling 47 people were injured, including 30 nationals of Turkey and 17 Syrians. All of them were transferred to local hospitals. One Syrian citizen was ...
Beirut, Jan. 22 (Xinhua) -- Lebanon's Prime Minister Saad Hariri discussed Monday Turkey's recently offensive on Syria's Afrin region with Turkish Ambassador to Lebanon Cagatay Erciyes. Erciyes visited Hariri to brief him on the Turkish offensive, code-named "Operation Olive Branch" which was ...
Turkish officials also said they wanted to significantly degrade the military capabilities of the YPG, which they say has 8,000 to 10,000 fighters in Afrin. The "safe zone" would probably be secured and administered by Turkey's Syrian rebel allies, creating a buffer zone with the Turkish border. Turkish officials ...
Plumes of smoke rise on the air from inside Syria, as seen from the outskirts of the border town of Kilis, Turkey, Saturday, Jan. 20, 2018. Turkish jets have begun an aerial offensive, codenamed operation "Olive Branch", against the Syrian Kurdish-held enclave of Afrin, in northwest Syria . (Lefteris Pitarakis/AP). KOCABEYLI ...
Turkey's state media: Turkish-backed Syrian opposition fighters have started entering Kurdish enclave of Afrin in Syria. By The Associated Press. KOCABEYLI, Turkey -- Jan 20, 2018, 9:12 AM ET. 0 Shares. email. Star. 0 Shares. Email. Turkey's state media: Turkish-backed Syrian opposition fighters have started entering ...
HATAY, Turkey - Turkey said on Wednesday it would not hesitate to take action in Syria's Afrin district and other areas unless the United States withdrew support for a Kurdish-led force there, but Washington denied such plans and said "some people misspoke." Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan ...
The Latest: Amid threats from Turkey, Syria says its air force will shoot down any Turkish fighter jets that attack the country. Jan. ... Faysal Mekdad says Syria considers any air attack or ground operations by Turkey on the Kurdish enclave of Afrin to be a "aggressive act" and a violation of international law.
On Saturday, Turkish security forces hit several PYD/PKK targets in Afrin, along Turkey's border with northern Syria, to prevent a "terror corridor" from forming along the border. An Afrin operation is expected to follow Turkey's successful seven-month Operation Euphrates Shield, which ended in March 2017.
Turkey has been threatening to launch a new military operation against the main Syrian Kurdish militia, known as the People's Defense Units, or YPG, in the Kurdish-held Afrin enclave in northern Syria. The YPG is the backbone of a Syrian force that drove the Islamic State group from much of northern and ...
Ankara - President Tayyip Erdogan said on Tuesday that Turkey's planned military operation against Kurdish militia forces in Syria's Afrin region will be supported by Syrian rebel fighters. In recent days, Erdogan has repeatedly warned of an imminent incursion in Afrin after the U.S.-led coalition said it was ...


 

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