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Syria’s deputy FM calls on Kurds, Arabs in Afrin to unite against Turkey

By Rudaw 14/2/2018
Smoke rises over the southern Afrin village of Deir Ballut after Turkish airstrikes on Saturday. Photo: Omar Haj Kadour/AFP
Smoke rises over the southern Afrin village of Deir Ballut after Turkish airstrikes on Saturday. Photo: Omar Haj Kadour/AFP
ERBIL, Kurdistan Region – Syria’s deputy foreign minister called on Kurds and Arabs in Afrin to unite against Turkey’s Operation Olive Branch. 

“Afrin is an integral party of the Syrian Arab Republic,” Deputy Minister Fayssal Mikdad said on Wednesday, state-run SANA reported. 

“We affirm that the Syrian Arab Army defends every inch of the Syrian territory and Syria will return as unified as it has been throughout history,” he added, with respect to Afrin. 
 
Damascus is working to combat Turkey’s offensive on Syrian territory, he said. 

A few days after Turkey launched its Operation Olive Branch on the Kurdish canton, Afrin authorities called on Damascus to fulfill its “duty” and protect its borders.

The regime in Damascus has condemned Turkey’s operation as a violation of its sovereignty. 

Syria’s air defence system forced an Israeli reconnaissance plane out of its territory Wednesday night, according to SANA. The incident occurred just days after an Israeli jet crashed during operations in Syria after an Iranian drone reportedly entered Israel’s airspace from Syria. 

Mikdad said their forces “will down any jet that launches an assault on Syria and that is not a mere threat.”

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Shabo | 15/2/2018
First of all pkk communists hate Arabs insult Arabs every day why should Arabs fight with them? They should better watch what pkk lovers writte every single day they have no friends. And syrian regime hates Kurds banned Kurdish language identity took away their IP away tried to arabize Kurdish areas with Arab belt project. But FSA have Kurds and arabs in their ranks fighting together against communists and tyrant Assad. FSA should represent all people and protect them against assad pkk tyrants.
FAUthman | 15/2/2018
OK Damascus, let us see if you can back your words with action. How about shooting down a couple of jet fighters or helicopter that are bombing Aferin like they own the place without a whimper from you so far?
duroi | 15/2/2018
Russia's gamble in giving green light to Turkey to send its military to Idlib, and attacking Afrin will backfire and it could even endanger Russian's own military bases in Latakia. The fall of Latakia to Turkish Islamist Jihadists could happen even before the next Russian presidential elections if US efforts to mediate in Afrin succeeds in redirecting Turkish aggression towards Latakia. This has now the potential to turn into a Russian self-inflicted checkmate in Syria.
guest2002 | 15/2/2018
"Syrian ARAB republic " you say??? well where was the "ayrian ARAB republic" to help kurds fight against ISIS all these years??? where is the Syrian"ARAB" government to help fight against the turks??? Why aren't you shooting at their airplanes??? hahahaa.get lost Syrian"ARAB" republic!!!
Non kurd | 15/2/2018
Yes, Kurds will fight under the flag of a Syrian baathist regime that doesnt even grant them citizenship, occasionally kills them and is ruled by a dictator.

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