As Turkish Armed Forces (TAF) and Free Syrian Army (FSA) fighters continue to advance in northwestern Syria, FSA units managed to establish control over the strategic Mount Barsaya in the city of Azaz, in the context of the ongoing Olive Branch Operation launched by Turkey on Saturday to clear Syria’s north from the terrorist Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK)’s Syrian offshoot, the PYD.
Additionally, in a joint military operation by the Turkish Armed Forces (TAF) and the Free Syrian Army (FSA) in the north of Azaz on Monday, 10 PKK terrorists were captured in Mount Barsaya, which was entirely secured by the TAF and the FSA.
Terrorists in the PKK-occupied areas of Afrin organized a funeral yesterday for those neutralized in the aftermath of yesterday’s strikes on terrorist positions.
The operation 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.
01:15 dk 22 Ocak 2018 Yeni Şafak 10 PKK terrorists captured in Syria's Azaz
In a joint military operation by the Turkish Armed Forces (TAF) and the Free Syrian Army (FSA) in the north of Azaz on Monday, 10 PKK terrorists were captured in Mount Burseya, which was entirely secured by the TAF and the FSA.
The operation is being carried out under the framework of Turkey’s rights based on international law, UN Security Council decisions, self-defense rights under the UN charter and respect to Syria's territorial integrity, the Turkish General Staff has said.
The military also said that only terrorist targets were being destroyed and "utmost importance" was being given to not harm civilians.
The Turkish Armed Forces (TAF) extended Operation Olive Branch to Syria's Azaz district, east of the Afrin region, on Monday.
The PYD/PKK is the Syrian offshoot of the PKK terrorist group, which has been designated a terrorist organization by Turkey, the U.S. and the EU.
Seventy-two Turkish jets take part in biggest ever sortie during Afrin op
Turkish jets marked a global first by taking part in the biggest ever sortie with 72 warplanes on the first day of Operation Olive Branch launched in Afrin to clear the region of PKK/PYD and Deash terrorists.Turkish jets hit more than 100 targets, including an air base on the first day of the operation, according to reports.Commandos and FSA units, which have advanced seven kilometers from the north and west have liberated nine villages from PKK terrorists, thus, once again, displaying Turkey’s military power.As the operation enters its third day, the fact that the Turkish Air Force used 72 military jets at the outset of Operation Olive Branch also brought to mind the Euphrates Shield operation, which had been launched to eliminate the Daesh presence in Syria on August 24, 2016.Video: Turkish war planes bomb PKK targets in Syria’s AfrinAt the end of the seven-month operation, 72 Turkish soldiers had been martyred. The 72 Turkish war planes that took off on day one of Operation Olive Branch is being evaluated as a tribute to the 72 soldiers who were martyred during Operation Euphrates Shield. The Turkish warplanes that had taken part in the operation were later reported to have returned to their bases safe and sound.Turkey's Chief of General Staff Gen. Hulusi Akar established radio connection with the pilots of the F-16 fighter jets and congratulated them by saying “Dear brave pilots, I applaud you.” The coordination of the F-16s that participated in the operation was ensured by airborne early warning jets which can remain airborne for 24 hours.Galeri: Turkey’s ‘Operation Olive Branch’ in Syria's AfrinOperation Olive Branch was launched in order to ensure the security of Turkey’s borders and the stability in the region and to protect Syrian people from the oppression of the terrorist Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) and Daesh on Saturday at 5 p.m. [1400GMT] in Syria’s Afrin.The operation is being carried out under the framework of Turkey’s rights based on international law, UN Security Council decisions and self-defense rights under the UN charter, the Turkish General staff said.The Turkish Armed Forces (TAF) extended Operation Olive Branch to Syria's Azaz district, east of the Afrin region, on Monday.The Kurdistan Workers' Party (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. The PYD and its military YPG wing are Syrian branches of the PKK, which has waged war against Turkey for more than 30 years in which over 50,000 people were killed.An international research company, Global Firepower, has revealed that Turkey ranks 8th among 133 countries in terms of the military strength it possesses. Ranking among the first ten strong armies in the world, the Turkish Armed Forces are designed to protect the Republic of Turkey against any external threat.Ten PKK/PYD terrorists captured on Mount Barsaya in Syria’s AzazSyria’s Turkmen-Arab union supports Turkey’s operationTurkey to hit PYD/PKK in north Syria, Iraq after Afrin
'Operation Olive Branch not affecting civilian flights'
Operation Olive Branch would not be affecting civilian flights, Ahmet Arslan, the Turkish Minister of Transport, Maritime Affairs, and Communications, said on Monday."As the Turkish civil aviation sector, we are in consultation with the Turkish Armed Forces (TSK). We are acting in concert," he stated at an event in the capital Ankara.He said all necessary measures were being taken to ensure that civilian flights would not be affected in any way.“As long as civilian and military flights are directed to different altitudes, there is no problem. And indeed there are no civilian flights in the Syrian air space and it is not possible for civilian flights near the border to be affected by the operation,” he said, adding that the operation was taking place in order to ensure the security of Turkey’s borders, outside of its borders and that of its neighboring countries."Our aim is to prevent terrorist incidents that pose a threat to our future from inside and outside of our country, and in this sense, to remove the source of the terrorist incidents from those regions. Everybody knows our sensitivity regarding civilians. And today as well, everybody must know that the Turkish military and Turkish administrators are acting with utmost care in this regard."One dead, three injured in PYD/PKK attacks in Turkey's southPYD/PKK terrorists free Daesh prisoners to fight Turkish army in AfrinTurkey to hit PYD/PKK in north Syria, Iraq after AfrinOn Saturday, Turkey launched Operation Olive Branch to remove PKK/KCK/PYD-YPG and Daesh terror groups from Afrin.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.
One dead, three injured in PYD/PKK attacks in Turkey's south
One person died and two others were injured on Monday in a cross-border attack by a PYD/PKK terror group in southern Turkey as Turkish army’s operation in Syria’s northwestern town of Afrin continues.According to a security source, who spoke on condition of anonymity due to restrictions on talking to the media, PYD/PKK terrorists in Syria’s northwestern town of Afrin targeted the southern Hatay province with a mortar shell, killing one person and injuring two.The mortar hit the Kaletepe neighborhood of the Kirikhan district.The injured were taken to a hospital.Separately, a Turkish soldier was slightly injured in the border district of Ceylanpinar of the southeast province of Sanliurfa after being hit by a PYD/PKK terrorist group’s harassing fire opened from the terrorist-controlled al-Hasakah.The soldier was taken to the Ceylanpinar State Hospital and he was in good condition, the same source said, adding that the Turkish troops deployed in the border region retaliated and hit terrorist targets in al-Hasakah’s Rasulayn district.PYD/PKK terrorists free Daesh prisoners to fight Turkish army in AfrinRocket hits Turkish camp near Syrian border, kills two, wounds 12On Saturday, Turkey launched Operation Olive Branch to remove all PYD/PKK and Daesh terrorists from Afrin.According to a statement by the Turkish General Staff, the operation aims to establish security and stability along Turkish borders and the region as well as to protect the Syrian people 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’s resolutions, self-defense rights under the UN charter and respect to Syria's territorial integrity,” the statement said.The military also said "utmost care" was being shown not to harm any civilians.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 fightVideo: Turkey shells PYD/PKK targets in Afrin