Published: Thu, February 22, 2018
Global Media | By Garry Long

Turkey won't stop Operation Olive Branch in Syria

Turkey won't stop Operation Olive Branch in Syria

Fighters were seen passing through a checkpoint in armoured vehicles.

The YPG said in a statement that they welcomed the arrival of the pro-government forces.

Syria has repeatedly denounced the violation of its territorial sovereignty since the Turkish military operation began.

Why is Turkey attacking Afrin?

The Syrian Kurds deny any direct organisational links to the PKK - an assertion backed by the USA, which has provided the militia and allied Arab fighters with weapons and air support to help them battle the jihadist group Islamic State (IS).

Since the beginning of the Operation Olive Branch, 1,780 terrorists have been killed in Syria's Afrin district, the Turkish General Staff said.

Turkey is targeting the production of unmanned tanks for its armed forces, President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has stated.

Why is the Syrian government intervening?

He asserted that the Kurdish self-governing administration in Afrin will not be compromised.

The government, which has so far avoided conflict with Kurdish forces since the start of the civil war in 2011, did not immediately respond to the appeal for help.

"A dozen or so pick-up trucks had come to advance toward Afrin".

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"Soon, the terrorists in all of Afrin will be given the punishment they deserve". Unfortunately, terrorist groups like these sometimes make missteps according to their own decisions. It is not possible for us to allow this.

"They would pay a heavy price for it", Erdogan warned.

For Turks this was not surprising, but it is alarming.

Previously, the War Information Office of the Hizbullah organization reported that Syrian troops, mostly integrated by local units of the National Defense Forces, from the northern city of Aleppo, entered Afrin through the crossing of Al -Ziyara, north of the city of Nublu.

For more than a month, Turkey has been launching attacks on the YPG in Afrin.

There has not yet been an official statement regarding the latest events.

"Any step by the regime or other elements in this direction will surely have serious consequences", presidential spokesman Ibrahim Kalin told reporters.

The YPG militia is regarded by Ankara as the Syrian affiliate of the banned Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK), listed as a terrorist organization by Turkey.

As Damascus and Turkey were on the verge of triggering off a military clash, Russian Federation was speeding its steps to avoid any confrontation between both forces.

What else is going on in Syria?

The UN said "the humanitarian situation of civilians in Syria's east Ghouta is spiraling out of control", and called for a permanent ceasefire.

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