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Turkey has taken 7 percent of Afrin's villages: monitor

By Rudaw 14/2/2018
Smoke rises over Afrin city in late January. Photo: AFP
Smoke rises over Afrin city in late January. Photo: AFP
ERBIL, Kurdistan Region – Three and a half weeks into its Operation Olive Branch, Turkey and its Syrian proxies have taken control of 7 percent of Afrin’s villages, a conflict monitor reported on Tuesday. 

They have taken control of one town, Bulbul in northern Afrin, and 23 villages, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights stated. 

During the operation, the Observatory has documented the deaths of 163 members of the Kurdish YPG forces and 211 within the Olive Branch forces, including 32 Turkish soldiers and two pilots. 

The UK-based organization also documented at least 77 civilian casualties and tens more injured. Local Afrin health authorities report at least 160 civilian deaths. 

Turkey launched its operation against the Kurdish canton on January 20 with the stated intent of clearing its borders of “terrorists,” alleging that the YPG has ties to the PKK. The Kurdish force denies the charge.

The situation in Afrin, northwestern Syria is an area of “deep, deep concern” for the United States, State Department spokesperson Heather Nauert said on Tuesday. 

She said the US understands Turkey has security concerns, but said “We don’t want to see civilians killed.”

US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson will visit Turkey this week. 


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pre-Boomer Marine brat | 14/2/2018
In a way, I'm tempted to do something drastic to my computer next week, so I can't learn what sort of pap Tillerson lathers upon the AKP's fascism. He would have fit right in during Jimmy Carter's administration.
hawarebere | 14/2/2018
Iraq kurds learn from Afrin and Rojava
Shabo Azad | 14/2/2018
So 7% liberated from communist racists not tolerant to any belive. Kurds Arabs fight side by side in FSA and all rights should be given to Kurds after ypg is expelled. And every civilian dead is one to much more should be done to avoied it.
duroi | 14/2/2018
In Syria, after SDF forces defeating ISIS, there is this strong will to march westward from Manbij to Qabasin and to Afrin and to Idlib until they reach the blue waters of Mediterranean. Why US - with all its economic and military might - is now pussyfooting to support the momentum of brave SDF forces to became a force to reckon with in the region, like Russia which has taken the prime location in Syria for its bases? Has US forgotten its history of how America became great by marching westward until they reached the Pacific ocean waters? March to the sea, like a Sherman.
pre-Boomer Marine brat | 14/2/2018
To Rudaw: Please give us casualty figure updates from both SOHR and Ankara. The comparisons will be (cough) "interesting" (snicker).
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