The U.S. had previously enabled a large number of Daesh terrorists to flee Syria’s Raqqa after handing it over to terrorists from the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK)’s Syrian offshoot, the PYD, last year, the majority of whom were sent to opposition-held Idlib.
The deployment of Daesh terrorists to the northwestern Syrian province coincided with the Idlib Operation launched by the Turkish Armed Forces (TAF).
A large number of the Daesh terrorists who were sent to southern Idlib from Raqqa attempted to sabotage Turkish bases by infiltration.
A total of 23 Daesh terrorists were recently arrested in the Idlib city of Taftanaz after they attempted to infiltrate an observational post set up by the Turkish army in the region.
Fleeing PKK/PYD terrorists plant explosives in Afrin
Bomb disposal squads continue to defuse explosive devices planted by members of the terrorist PYD/PKK in villages in the Syrian town of Afrin.In villages freed by the Turkish Armed Forces (TAF) and the Free Syrian Army (FSA) as part of Operation Olive Branch, the terrorist group plants explosives and mines in order to hamper the progress of the TAF and FSA troops and prevent civilians from returning to their homes.An FSA commander Abu Ahmad Shami told Anadolu Agency that PKK/PYD terrorists placed explosives and mines everywhere before they ran away.Turkish military, Free Syrian Army free another village"We don't allow the villagers to return to their homes before their homes are cleared," Shami said."The terrorists who fled from the Dikmetas village placed devices in the warehouses where the villagers store their olive. They even placed explosives on the dead bodies of their terrorist friends," he added.Since the beginning of the operation, a total of 51 strategic areas have been captured from terrorists, among them a town center, 33 villages, three rural areas, and 14 hills.Turkey on Jan 20. launched Operation Olive Branch to remove PYD/PKK and Daesh terrorists from Afrin.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 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 has also said that only terrorist targets are being destroyed and "utmost importance" is being put on avoiding harm to 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 a fight.
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'
PKK/PYD terrorists receive arms through KRG ‘terror gate'
The Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) has extended help to terrorists from the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK)’s Syrian offshoot, the Democratic Union Party (PYD), in Syria’s northwestern Afrin region, by illegally keeping the Semalka border gate with Syria open, violating a decision by the Central Government in Baghdad to hand over control over all KRG-run crossings.The Semalka border crossing has become a “terror corridor” for PKK/PYD terrorists in Afrin as Turkey’s Operation Olive Branch enters its 25th day.Under the pretext of sending humanitarian aid and medical supplies, it was decided during the parliament session earlier in February to keep open the border gates between Iraq’s northern region and PKK/PYD-occupied areas in northern Syria.Following last year’s illegal referendum to declare independence from Baghdad, which the KRG proceeded to hold despite numerous international warnings, the northern Iraqi administration came out against Turkey’s Operation Olive Branch in Syria’s PKK/PYD-occupied Afrin.Video: Gendarmerie Special Forces join Turkey’s Afrin opWeapon trucks pass through Semalka border gateArms and reinforcements sent by Washington to PKK/PYD terrorists in Syria pass through the Semalka border gate, including weapons and armored personnel carriers.Close to 5,000 truckloads of weapons and ammunitions were sent by the U.S. to PKK/PYD terrorists in Syria through the KRG-controlled border gate in northern Iraq under the pretext of the fight against Daesh.U.S. military officials also travelled to Syria from Iraq through the Semalka border gate run by the KRG.PKK terrorists in Iraq also use this border gate to send fighters and logistic support to their PYD affiliate in Syria’s northwestern Afrin.On Jan. 20, Turkey launched Operation Olive Branch along with the Free Syrian Army (FSA) to clear PYD/PKK and Daesh terrorists from Afrin.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.Northern Iraq delegation in AfrinA KRG parliamentarian delegation recently traveled to Syria through the Semalka border gate, which included a visit to PKK/PYD terrorists in Afrin.The delegations included KRG lawmakers such as Eli Halo, Ebas Fetah, Sherko Heme Emin and Suhrab Mikail.Halo, who is a member of Barzani’s Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP) party, showered praise on PKK/PYD terrorists in Afrin, stressing that they’re closely following developments in the region, scandalously labeled the Turkish army as “invaders.”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.German spy agency: PYD PKK’s 'sister organization'German spy agency: PYD PKK’s 'sister organization''PKK/YPG terrorists are US soldiers'Pentagon seeks to invest $550M in PYD/PKK