The Turkish Armed Forces (TAF) and Free Syrian Army (FSA) are continuing to advance into Afrin as part of Operation Olive Branch. The units have come within 14 kilometers of Afrin, which is under Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK)/Democratic Union Party (PYD) occupation. Despite unfavorable weather conditions, Operation Olive Branch is advancing as planned.
PKK/PYD setting up traps to hinder operation
So far, 21 areas – among them 15 villages, a settlement and five strategic mountains and hills located around Afrin – have been liberated from the terror group.
Many positions set up by the terrorist organization around Mount Bursaya, Rajo and Jinderes have been captured. TAF and FSA forces advancing toward Afrin are staving the PKK/PYD’s countryside formation. The terrorist organization is attempting to stop the TAF and FSA forces with mines, tunnels and snipers. PKK’s so-called leaders are gradually transferring field members to settlement units.
dk 30 Ocak 2018 Yeni Şafak Locals in Syria’s Azaz show support for Operation Olive Branch
Locals of Azaz in Syria's Aleppo held a rally to show their support for the Turkish Armed Forces (TAF) and the Free Syrian Army (FSA), within the scope of Turkey's Operation Olive Branch in Syria's Afrin. Locals of Azaz, waving revolution flags, held banners that said, “Our war is not with the Kurds but with the PKK and PYD terror organizations.
New front imminent
The establishment of a new front by TAF and FSA forces is imminent. The TAF is bombing PKK positions along the Ayn Dekna, Tell Rifaat and Ebla front. Matar Minnag, Ayn Dekna and Tell Rifaat, which are located on a 60-kilometer line extending from Afrin to the Sheale village, was struck overnight. It is also being planned to close the escape routes on the eastern line where there are 1,600 PKK/PYD terrorists.
Futile infiltration tactic
The PKK/PYD, which has suffered great losses on all fronts, has implemented infiltration tactics in Rajo, Bulbul, Jinderes, Bursaya and Mare over the past two days. On Sunday, six PKK terrorists were captured while attempting infiltration and many others were killed.
Plan to attack TAF bases
PKK leaders are ordering terrorists to “give priority to infiltrating TAF bases.” Drugs are provided to the terrorists participating in the sabotage-infiltration activities targeting Turkish bases.
Turkey’s Afrin op brings hope to 6 mln displaced Syrians for return
Turkey’s ongoing Operation Olive Branch in Syria’s northwestern Afrin region has brought hope to 6 million displaced Syrians yearning to return to their towns and villages that were overrun by terrorists from the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK)’s Syrian offshoot, the PYD, and other terror groups. In the wide-ranging Euphrates Shield Operation launched in August 2016, the Free Syrian Army -- with the support of the Turkish army -- had cleared 2,000 square kilometers (772 square miles) of land along the Turkish-Syrian border of terrorist elements, including the cities of Jarabulus and al-Bab, which enabled 150,000 Syrian refugees to return home. About 500,000 Syrians are expected to able to return to their towns and villages in northern Syria thanks to Turkey’s ongoing Operation Olive Branch in Afrin.On Jan. 20, Turkey launched Operation Olive Branch to clear PYD/PKK and Daesh terrorists from Afrin, northwestern Syria.According to the Turkish General Staff, the operation aims to establish security and stability along Turkey’s borders and the region as well as to protect Syrians from terrorist oppression and cruelty.The operation is being carried out under the framework of Turkey's rights based on international law, UN Security Council resolutions, its self-defense rights under the UN charter, and respect for Syria's territorial integrity.Importance of establishing a ‘safe zone’Turkey has long argued for the establishment of a “safe zone” for Syrians fleeing the violence as a way to solve the refugee crisis that has been one of the biggest problems for Europe and the UN. While the world remains silent to the plight of Syrians, Turkey’s operations in the country will gradually enable refugees to return home after the region is cleansed from terrorists.Quarter of the population externally displaced Since the outbreak of the civil war in 2011, Syria has been embroiled in one of the largest humanitarian tragedies, with a sharp decline in its population, which stood at 22.5 million in 2012. Millions of Syrians are currently internally displaced in the war-torn country, in addition to the 6.1 million others who sought refuge in neighboring countries. Turkey, which has opened its doors to fleeing Syrians since the start of the conflict, hosts the largest number of Syrian refugees at 3.5 million, according to official figures.Turkey and Lebanon come firstAfter Turkey, Lebanon comes second among the countries hosting Syrian refugees, with 1 million fleeing the violence to the small neighboring country. With 650,000 registered Syrian refugees, Jordan comes third, followed by Germany, the UAE and Iraq, which host 300,000, 240,000, and 239,000 Syrians respectively. There are also significant Syrian refugee populations in Kuwait, Egypt and Sweden, in addition to the tens of thousands of Syrians who sought refuge in Hungary, Austria, Canada, the Netherlands and Libya.Most refugees come from Aleppo and IdlibA research conducted by Turkey's Disaster and Emergency Management Authority (AFAD) into the causes behind Syrian displacement found that a majority of Syrian refugees, or over 57 percent, have fled the country due to “security concerns.” Close to 36 percent of total Syrian refugees in Turkey hail from the flashpoint city of Aleppo, while 21 percent sought refuge from the border Syrian province of Idlib.Rocket fired from PYD/PKK terrorists in Afrin hits Turkey's KilisTAF: 649 terrorists 'neutralized' since onset of Operation Olive BranchNot aware of civilian casualties in Afrin: Pentagon
Tribes threatened with burning down Afrin
The PKK threatened active tribal leaders in the region to "burn down the city" after the defeat they experienced in the Afrin countryside. The terrorist organization administration threatened the leaders of tribes such as Bennavi, Umayrat, Jays and Naim, Rishan and Sheyhan to provide support for the barricades they are going to set up in Afrin, otherwise threatening to burn the entire city.
Tribal leaders ready to “stand up against the PKK”
Yeni Şafak daily interviewed Arab and Kurdish tribal representatives living in Afrin. Some tribal representatives said that they were openly blackmailed. "They want our family, including our daughters, to be PKK militants and give them our money and vehicles so they can be used in the fight against Turkey. If we receive support from Turkey, we will revolt against the PKK to protect Afrin,” one tribal leader said.
Operation Olive Branch was initiated on Jan. 20 in Afrin to establish security and stability, eliminate PKK/KCK/PYD-YPG and Daesh terrorists, and save locals from their oppression and cruelty. The military said it is putting the "utmost importance" on not harming any civilians.
Turkish soldiers, FSA stay on alert at Mt. Bursaya
Turkish Armed Forces and Free Syrian Army units (FSA) continued to guard Mount Bursaya in northern Syria with “hands on triggers” on Tuesday after the strategically-important peak was captured Sunday.According to Anadolu Agency correspondents in the region, Turkish soldiers and FSA units also captured a 1,000-meters high hill with a signal station in western Afrin.After capturing Mt. Bursaya and the hill located 4 kilometers (2.5 miles) inside Syrian border, Turkish Armed Forces built posts to protect the captured areas.Turkish soldiers and the FSA on Sunday celebrated the capture of Mt. Bursaya in northern Syria by unfurling flags of Turkey and the FSA on it.According to the Turkish General Staff, the strategic peak was captured at around 2.30 p.m. local time (1130GMT).The capture came after Turkish forces and the FSA fighters under the Turkish-led Operation Olive Branch advanced to the peak from the northwestern Syrian city of Azaz.Video: Syria's Mt. Bursaya captured: Turkish General StaffAnadolu Agency correspondents on the ground photographed the Turkish military and FSA's celebrating the successful operation.The terrorist PYD/PKK had used Mt. Bursaya to target civilians in the center of Turkey’s Kilis province and Syria’s Azaz district through mortar shells, artillery and missiles.Turkey launched Operation Olive Branch on Jan. 20 to rid Afrin of PYD/PKK and Daesh terrorists.According to the Turkish General Staff, the operation aims to establish security and stability along Turkey’s borders and the region as well as protect Syrians from terrorist oppression and cruelty.Rocket fired from PYD/PKK terrorists in Afrin hits Turkey's KilisTAF: 649 terrorists 'neutralized' since onset of Operation Olive Branch
Afrin has been a major hideout for the PYD/PKK since July 2012, when the Assad regime in Syria left the city to the terror group without putting up a fight.
Cross-border attacks by the PYD/PKK terror group in southern Turkey started as the Turkish army operation in Syria’s northwestern town of Afrin continues.
The PKK is listed as a terrorist organization by Turkey, the European Union and the United States. The PKK has been conducting armed violence in the southeastern part of Turkey since 1984. More than 40,000 people, mostly civilians, have been killed in the three-decade long conflict.
PYD/PKK rockets target civilians in Turkey’s south
Three rockets fired by PYD/PKK terrorists from Syria hit Turkey’s border provinces of Kilis and Hatay on Tuesday amid the ongoing Operation Olive Branch.One rocket landed in an olive grove in the Sih Mehmet neighborhood. Ambulances and security forces were dispatched to the scene.No casualties were reported following the incident.Another two rockets landed in an empty area in Bolunmez neighborhood of Hatay’s Reyhanli district.One civilian injured in the attack was taken to the hospital. The house and a car were also damaged.Video: Locals in Syria’s Azaz show support for Operation Olive BranchTurkish forces immediately responded to the attack with Firtina howitzers.On Saturday, Turkey launched Operation Olive Branch to clear PYD/PKK and Daesh terrorists from Afrin, northwestern Syria.According to the military, the operation aims to establish security and stability along Turkish borders and the region as well as protect Syrians from terrorist oppression and cruelty.The operation is being carried out under the framework of Turkey's rights based on international law, UN Security Council resolutions, its self-defense rights under the UN charter, and respect for Syria's territorial integrity, it said.TAF: 649 terrorists 'neutralized' since onset of Operation Olive BranchThe military has also said it is putting "utmost importance" on not harming any civilian.Afrin has been a major hideout for the PYD/PKK since July 2012, when the Assad regime in Syria left the city to the terror group without putting up a fight.Video shows why Turkey's military op in Syria justifiedNot aware of civilian casualties in Afrin: Pentagon
TAF: 649 terrorists 'neutralized' since onset of Operation Olive Branch
At least 649 PYD/PKK and Daesh terrorists have been "neutralized" since the beginning of Operation Olive Branch in Syria's Afrin, according to Turkish General Staff on Tuesday.Turkish authorities often use the word "neutralized" in their statements to imply the terrorists in question either surrendered or were killed or captured.In a statement, the military said Turkish Armed Forces had destroyed three terrorist targets and neutralized 33 terrorists in airstrikes that were carried out overnight.On Jan. 20, Turkey launched Operation Olive Branch to clear PYD/PKK and Daesh terrorists from Afrin, northwestern Syria.According to the Turkish General Staff, the operation aims to establish security and stability along Turkey’s borders and the region as well as to protect Syrians from terrorist oppression and cruelty.The operation is being carried out under the framework of Turkey's rights based on international law, UN Security Council resolutions, its self-defense rights under the UN charter, and respect for Syria's territorial integrity, it said.The military also said only terror targets were being destroyed and the "utmost care and sensitivity" were being used to not harm civilians.Video shows why Turkey's military op in Syria justifiedNot aware of civilian casualties in Afrin: PentagonTurkish FM slams EP official’s PKK remarks
Video shows why Turkey's military op in Syria justified
Turkey's Cankiri University has prepared a video on Operation Olive Branch in six languages to inform international public opinion.The university shot the video in English and translated it into five different languages in order to clarify misleading statements on Turkey’s ongoing military operation in northwestern Syria.Along with English, the video about the causes and effects of Operation Olive Branch has appeared on social media with Turkish, Arabic, French, German and Russian subtitles.Operation Olive Branch has become a necessity for Turkey, Cankiri University Rector Prof. Hasan Ayranci told Anadolu Agency.The video was aimed at reaching a wide audience through the translations, Ayranci added.In the video, Ayranci says: “My country is securing its border and wants to return Afrin back to the Syrians. We have no interest in any other country’s land. We will deliver Afrin to its rightful owners that are our Kurdish, Arab and Turkmen brothers.”According to the Turkish General Staff, the operation aims to establish security and stability along Turkey’s borders and the region as well as to protect Syrians from the oppression and cruelty of terrorists.The operation is being carried out under the framework of Turkey's rights based on international law, UN Security Council resolutions, its self-defense rights under the UN Charter, and respect for Syria's territorial integrity, it said.The military also said only terror targets were being destroyed and that "utmost importance and sensitivity" was being given to not harming any civilians.Afrin has been a major hideout for the PYD/PKK since July 2012, when the Bashar al-Assad regime in Syria left the city to the terror group without putting up a fight.Link to the video:
Not aware of civilian casualties in Afrin: Pentagon
The Pentagon said Monday it has no information about civilian casualties in Syria’s Afrin region."I am not aware of any incidents regarding what you just specified, Pentagon spokesman Colonel Rob Manning told reporters who were asking about allegations by PYD/PKK terrorists that Turkey's military operation there had caused civilian deaths.Manning was speaking at a daily press conference at the Pentagon.He said Washington continues to work with Turkish authorities toward finding the best solution in the region."They [Turkey] are our NATO ally," Manning said when asked if the Pentagon is concerned about the conflict between the U.S. and Turkey if Ankara enters Manbij following its Afrin operation."So we go through great measures to make sure that we deconflict and they understand where our forces are," he added."The coalition’s only official relationship in Manbij is with the Manbij Military Council, which was created to defend Manbij from ISIS [Daesh]. But as far as for our ally Turkey, we are in close and continued communication with them."Turkey launched Operation Olive Branch earlier this month to remove PYD/PKK and Daesh terrorists from Afrin. According to the Turkish General Staff, the operation aims to establish security and stability along Turkish borders and the region as well as protect Syrians from the oppression and cruelty of terrorists.In response to a question from an Anadolu Agency correspondent about an allegation that a female PYD/PKK suicide bomber killed two Turkish troops and destroyed a Turkish tank in Afrin, another Pentagon spokesperson, Adrian Rankine-Galloway, said the Pentagon does not have additional information on the allegation.Recalling that Kurdish forces operating in Afrin are not part of the U.S.-led collation, Rankine-Galloway also stated that the U.S. does not operate with those PYD/PKK elements there."Kurdish forces who engage with Turkish forces in the Afrin region do not have any affiliation with the U.S.-led coalition whatsoever," he added.The U.S. has supported the PYD/PKK, considered by Ankara as the Syrian offshoot of the PKK terror organization that has waged a more than 30-year war against the Turkish state. The terror campaign has resulted in tens of thousands of deaths.Terrorist PYD/PKK tunnel used to attack Turkish troopsPYD/PKK rockets land in civilian areas in south TurkeyTurkish FM: US chose 'wrong partner' American support for the terror group has long vexed Ankara as Washington views the PYD/PKK-led umbrella group SDF as a "reliable partner" in its fight against Daesh and continues to provide it with arms and equipment in the face of strong objections by Turkey.The PYD/PKK is the Syrian offshoot of the PKK, which has been designated a terrorist organization by Turkey, the U.S. and the EU. Since the mid-1980s, the PKK has waged a wide-ranging terror campaign against the Turkish state in which an estimated 40,000 people have been killed.