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Syria

Daily clashes between Turkish forces and YPG in Afrin

By Rudaw 27/6/2017
Turkish army tank and armoured vehicle near the Turkey-Syria border in August 2016. Photo: AP
Turkish army tank and armoured vehicle near the Turkey-Syria border in August 2016. Photo: AP
ERBIL, Kurdistan Region – Daily clashes are taking place between Kurdish forces and Turkish-backed groups in northern Syria. 

The Kurdish canton of Afrin has been “shelled repeatedly” by Turkish forces and rebel groups backed by Turkey, the conflict monitor Syrian Observatory for Human Rights reported on Tuesday. 

The Observatory noted that the US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) returned fire.

The Kurdish People’s Protection Units (YPG), the dominant force in the SDF, confirmed that Turkish forces and their Syrian allies have “increased their attacks against Rojava,” targeting Afrin canton on a near daily basis over the past week and also flying over Kobane. 

The YPG stated they have responded to the aggression. 

According to the Observatory, the rising tensions in northern Syria followed a build-up of Turkish forces in the area and “continued preparations” of Turkish forces and their Syrian allies “to carry out a wide-scale military operation against the Syria Democratic Forces in Afrin” and areas in the northern Aleppo countryside. 

Asked earlier this week if the US-led coalition was aware of the Turkish build-up in northern Syria and fears of an attack on their SDF and YPG allies, coalition spokesperson Col. Ryan Dillon confirmed they had “seen some movement” but declined to make any further comment. 

After clashes between Turkish and Kurdish forces near Manbij in March, the US deployed special forces to the area to “deter aggression” against them and reassure their Kurdish allies. 

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roger | 27/6/2017
If the Americans want any credibility they will send in substantial US forces to back the SDF and challenge Turkey on their aggression. Otherwise they may as well pull out and admit they don't have the guts to challenge Turkey
destiny | 28/6/2017
Erdogan is working with Iran Russia and Assad on this one and the Americans are just letting it happen as if there will be no consequences what so ever. Are the policy makers in Washington asleep? do they think this axis of evil by Iran Turkey Russia will stop after Afrin? Do they think the YPG will be fighting ISIS in Raqqa if Turkey and Iran launch a full scale attack on Afrin? HELLO!??? ANYBODY HOME!?????
Thinker | 28/6/2017
I think Turkey is trying to distract American from Raqqa to safe Isis. It's time American withdraw from the incirlik base so that it give the American free hand to wipe out turkey airforce and bombard turkey army serverely. Turkey is no ally. They want to establish a turkey caliphate. Turkey also interfere in Iraq where they have no business to do so. Turkey let in Isis recruits freely. I am sure American know this as they think turkey is a great ally against Russian. Think again. They are making use of NATO. NATO to be discard or ran to for help according to their whim.
BismarkPA | 28/6/2017
Turkey is on its way to becoming a radical Islamic country, their president is a member of the Muslim Brotherhood which in my opinion is a terrorist organization. The best thing Trump could do is kick Turkey out of NATO and arm the hell of the Kurds and declare all Kurdish territory in Turkey a no fly zone.
Rastgo Rastgo | 28/6/2017
Its seem to me the only option is to declare all Kurdish territory in Turkey as a no fly zone by American, the leader of the world. Otherwise it will be not possible to stop Erdogan, the enemy of peace and the mortal enemey of Western civilcation. Rastgo
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