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YPG claims deadly attack on pro-Turkish militias in Afrin

By Rudaw 25/3/2018
A Turkish-backed Syrian sniper takes aim as the fighters enter the village of Baay south of Afrin on March 22. Photo: Omar Haj Kadour/AFP
A Turkish-backed Syrian sniper takes aim as the fighters enter the village of Baay south of Afrin on March 22. Photo: Omar Haj Kadour/AFP
ERBIL, Kurdistan Region – Kurdish forces in Afrin claimed a deadly attack against Ankara-backed militias Sunday morning in their resistance against Turkish control of the canton.

Brusk Hasake, spokesperson for the YPG in Afrin, said their forces conducted a special operation against Free Syrian Army (FSA) militia in an industrial area of Afrin, ANHA news agency reported.
 
He claimed that they killed 19 fighters belonging to Faylaq al-Sham and Ahrar al-Sharqia and destroyed four military vehicles.

The Syrian militia groups have not immediately commented on the incident. 

This was the latest of nine attacks on the Turkish-backed Syrian militias in the last three days, Hasake added, claiming they have killed at least 60 fighters.
 
“We, the YPG forces, will continue activities against the Turkish invasion in all Afrin region until the region is fully cleared of mercenaries,” he declared. 

Turkey claimed to have taken full control of Afrin canton on Saturday, two months after launching tis Operation Olive Branch. Ankara framed its operation as a counter-terror offensive, labeling the YPG and the ruling political party PYD as branches of the PKK, a named terror organization. 

The Kurdish groups deny the terror charge. 

After withdrawing from Afrin city last week, the YPG said they would wage a guerrilla-style campaign against “occupying” forces. 

Turkey has denied they intend to occupy the territory. 

“Nobody can say ‘Turkish army and Turkey are carrying out an invasion of Syria,’” Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said on Saturday, Anadolu Agency reported. 

He vowed that Turkey will not end its operation under they “rescue our brothers in Syria.” He has previously threatened to take the military operation eastward across the self-autonomous Kurdish region Rojava and across the border into Iraq. 

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K | 25/3/2018
The defense of Afrin is a must , a national duty of every Kurd. This attack means that the Kurds will further fight for their lands and properties looted by Turkish and Arab thugs . At the same time I urge Kurds to stop the fight inside Turkey , a fight that have brought horrible losses of lives on the Kurdish side and the destruction of thousands of Kurdish villages and towns . The PKK must drop altogether its Ocalan ideologies and convert to a Kurdish defensive organizatin open to all Kurdish fighters without any ideological bounds other than the defense of the Kurdish rights. I make these recommendations in light of the latest events .
sam | 25/3/2018
now these ypg terrorist are desperately trying to show that they are still a fighting force. but the reality is they are just a bunch of terrorists, who will be killed one by one and no one will help them
duroi | 25/3/2018
The fate of Afrin was sealed during Obama administration when Kurds in Syria didn't manage to link Manbij to Afrin via Kurdish Qabasin and instead focused on Arab areas wast of Euphrates and south of 36N Par. The decision of PKK to withdraw from Shangal and give the control of Shangal to Baghdad (instead of KRG) is another strategic mistake. An anti-US regime in Baghdad can simply close all the borders with Rojava and US forces, while a KRG one will not do it to the US forces. This blind rivalry among Kurdish parties has already cost Kurds Kirkuk and it is time to learn a lesson from these mistakes.
Hamid Sayadi | 25/3/2018
Trust Erdogan, he will go for it and no one will stop him.
Pete | 26/3/2018
"A Turkish-backed Syrian sniper" - Actually I believe the correct phrase is "jihadi terrorist".
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