Drone footage shows YPG/PKK terrorists conducting attacks targeting Turkey from residential areas in Syria’s Afrin in an attempt to protect themselves from air and artillery strikes. To date, seven civilians have been killed and 113 others were wounded in terror attacks targeting Turkey’s border areas of Hatay, Reyhanlı and Kilis.
Footage captured in a village on the outskirts of Syria’s Jandaris, west of Afrin, shows three terrorists in civilian clothing gathered around a flak gun fitted vehicle. Another vehicle equipped with an anti-aircraft weapon approaches the terrorists.
The terrorists launched an attack after positioning the flak-gun-fitted vehicle to face Turkey before quickly fleeing the area.
They returned to the YPG/PKK base shortly, and it is seen that there are other terrorists at the base. The terrorists burn tires in order to shield themselves from being filmed. The Turkish Armed Forces (TAF) struck the YPG/PKK base as part of Operation Olive Branch.
00:00 dk 13 Şubat 2018 Yeni Şafak Drone footage shows PKK/YPG terrorists dressed as civilians attacking Turkey
Drones captured footage of terrorists dressed as civilians launching attacks on Turkey, before being neutralized by the Turkish army.
Since the onset of the operation, the PKK/YPG terrorist organization has launched 98 rocket and mortar attacks targeting Turkey’s border areas of Hatay and Kilis. As a result of the attacks, seven civilians, including two Syrian nationals, were killed and 113 others were injured.
Operation Olive Branch was initiated on Jan. 20 in Afrin to establish security and stability, eliminate terrorists of PKK/KCK/PYD-YPG and Daesh, and save locals from the terrorists’ oppression and cruelty.
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The Pentagon has sent military reinforcements to Aleppo’s PKK-occupied district of Manbij, which includes armored units and soldiers.This follows Pentagon’s Feb. 11 shipment of 50 trucks containing arms, ammunition and armored personnel carriers to terrorists of the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK)’s Syrian offshoot, the PYD in Syria which were sent through the Hasakah-Semalka border gate located between the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) and Syria.PKK terrorists in Iraq also use this border gate to send terrorists and logistic support to their PYD affiliate in Syria’s northwestern Afrin.Armored vehicles and pickup trucks that carry medium and long range automatic weapons have been spotted in the region which stands as a junction for the Turkish Armed Forces (TAF) and the Free Syrian Army (FSA).Turkey launched Operation Olive Branch on Jan. 20 in Afrin to establish security and stability, eliminate terrorists of PKK/KCK/PYD-YPG and Daesh, and save locals from the terrorists’ oppression and cruelty.Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan stated that after the purging Afrin of terror elements, Turkey would do the same in Manbij.The U.S has supplied the PYD terror organization with more than 5,000 truckloads of weapons to allegedly use in the fight against Daesh, despite Ankara’s warnings that the group is the Syrian offshoot of the PKK terror organization.PKK/PYD terrorists receive arms through KRG ‘terror gate'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.Video: Terrorists dressed as civilians struck with pinpoint accuracy by Turkish army
Total of 340 Daesh terrorists surrender to Syrian opposition near Idlib
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Fleeing PKK/PYD terrorists plant explosives in Afrin
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prepares three-phase plan to protect civilians amid Afrin op
As Turkey’s Operation Olive Branch, which has mostly been conducted in rural areas, enters its 25th day, government sources have stated that they are evaluating several options and situations as to how the operation will be conducted in urban areas.Turkey plans to protect civilians by implementing articles of the Geneva Convention which involve “time allocation, giving notice and distributing bulletins.”With the current plan, it is estimated that Turkish forces will reach the outer neighborhoods of Afrin within a month as the current difficulties regarding weather conditions have been overcome.Three-phase planSince the terrorist elements in Syria’s Afrin and nearby are highly likely to disguise themselves as civilians and use the residents of the city as human shields as they have already done, Turkish military officials have been studying certain provisions of Geneva Conventions, such as prohibition on using civilians as human shields and protection of civilians in time of war.As the security of civilians is of primary concern to Turkish military forces in Operation Olive Branch, the first phase of the plan is to allot time for the civilians so that they abandon the areas occupied by terrorist organizations.The second phase, on the other hand, is designed to consist of making announcements to lead civilians to leave the region, whereas bulletins will be distributed to civilians instructing them to vacate the area with the introduction of the third phase. Turkey is determined to design and operate its three-phased security plan in line with international law.War crimesInternational law deems it illegal to use civilians as human shields in time of war and defines three types of human shields: proximity human shields, involuntary human shields and voluntary human shields. Protection provisions do not include voluntary human shields.“The presence of a protected person may not be used to render certain points or areas immune from military operations,” states Article 28 of the Fourth Geneva Convention relative to the Protection of Civilian Persons in Time of War.Additionally, the 1998 Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court sets out that “utilizing the presence of a civilian or other protected person to render certain points, areas or military forces immune from military operations” is a war crime.Once civilians are secured, the military operation will begin in separate residential areas in Afrin, which is estimated to continue until spring. Turkey’s plan, however, can be modified and revised in the case that regime forces enter Afrin as well as dynamic developments in the operation field.Video: PKK/PYD terror targets hit from Turkey's border amid Afrin opOn 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 that it is putting the "utmost importance" on not harming any civilians. Afrin has been a major hideout for the PYD/PKK terror organization since July 2012, when the Assad regime in Syria left the city to the terror group without putting up a fight.Galeri: Military vehicles deploy to Turkish forces amid Afrin opPYD/PKK use civilians to attack Turkish troops in SyriaTurkey's Afrin operation 'not harming civilians'
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President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan criticized U.S. support of the People’s Protection Units (YPG), the armed wing of the Democratic Union Party (PYD), which is the Syrian offshoot of the PKK, at a speech to members of the ruling Justice and Development (AK) Party on Tuesday.“The U.S. decision to provide financial support to the YPG will affect Turkey's decisions. The support will allegedly reach $3 billion,” Erdoğan said.He added that "all truths will be discussed" when U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson visits Turkey this week.Pentagon seeks to invest $550M in PYD/PKKThe Pentagon requested $300 million on Monday to train and equip the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), the umbrella group for the PYD/PKK terror group, and wants nearly as much to build the “border security force” made up of PYD terrorists in Syria.“Nobody has the right to use Daesh as an excuse. The Daesh play in Syria, and Iraq has come to an end,” said Erdoğan.Early on Tuesday, Tillerson said the end of major combat operations against Daesh does not mean the U.S. and its allies have achieved an enduring defeat against Daesh.US ‘keenly aware’ of Turkey’s security concerns: Tillerson“Of course, we will not purposefully target them [U.S.], but starting from the terrorists who stand beside them, we will destroy every terrorist we come across. Then they will understand that it would be better if they weren’t beside the terrorists whom they pat on the back,” Erdoğan said.Turkey launched Operation Olive Branch on Jan. 20 in Syria’s Afrin to establish security and stability, eliminate PKK/KCK/PYD-YPG and Daesh terrorists, and save locals from their oppression and cruelty."It is quite clear that those who say they will retaliate if we strike have never had an Ottoman slap," said Erdoğan.In a veiled message to Turkey, Lt. Gen. Paul Funk, the overall Global Coalition Against Daesh commander, had said: “You hit us, we will respond aggressively. We will defend ourselves.”Over 1,400 terrorists neutralized in Afrin operationThe U.S has supplied the YPG/PYD terror organization with more than 5,000 truckloads of weapons to allegedly use in the fight against Daesh, despite Ankara’s warnings that the group is the Syrian offshoot of the PKK terror organization.It is wrong to say NATO equals U.S.Erdoğan called on the U.S. to abide by its NATO obligations."What kind of NATO membership is this? What kind of NATO alliance is this?" he asked."As president of Turkey, [I say] NATO is not equal to the U.S., all countries [in the alliance] are equals to the U.S."Cyprus should not overstep the mark after ship incidentErdoğan called on Cyprus not to overstep the mark in the eastern Mediterranean, after Greek Cypriots accused the Turkish military of obstructing a vessel exploring for natural gas over the weekend.“Those who crossed their limits in Cyprus and the Aegean Sea should not make any miscalculation,” Erdoğan said.Erdoğan said Turkish warships and security units were monitoring developments in the region.Turkey slams Greek Cypriot's hydrocarbon activities