As the Turkish Armed Forces (TAF) and Free Syrian Army (FSA) fighters encircle the city center of Afrin, a civilian convoy was able to evacuate the northwestern Syrian region through safe corridors that were set up by Turkey.
The safe corridors are set to ease civilians’ exit from the southern parts of the Afrin city center.
PKK/PYD builds Pentagon base in Syria’s Afrin
The Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK)’s Syrian branch, the Democratic Union Party (PYD) is constructing a terror base shaped similarly to the Pentagon in Syria’s Afrin where Turkey is currently carrying out Operation Olive Branch. The Pentagon is the headquarters of the United States Department of Defense.The U.S. has troops stationed across eight military points, and also has multiple bases in the region. The United States has set up around 20 military bases in Syria on territory controlled by the PYD/YPG, Alexander Venediktov, an aide to Russian Security Council Secretary Nikolai Patrushev, said in early March.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.Afrin city center surrounded, says Turkish armyPentagon seeks to invest $550M in PYD/PKKThe Pentagon requested $300 million to train and equip the PYD/PKK terror group that goes by the name of the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) in February, and sought nearly as much to build the terror group-led “border security force” in Syria.The U.S. has supported the PKK/PYD under the name of the SDF that is considered by Ankara to be the Syrian offshoot of the PKK terror group that has waged a more than 30-year brutal war against the Turkish state.American support for the terror group has long vexed Ankara as Washington views the 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.
Turkey, US to decide on Manbij roadmap on March 19: FM Çavuşoğlu
Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu said on Tuesday that Turkey and the U.S. are set to decide on a roadmap concerning Syria’s Manbij on March 19, adding that Turkish forces would carry out a military operation if those failed.The northern city of Manbij has been under the occupation of terrorists from the People’s Protection Units (YPG), the Syrian branch of the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK).Çavuşoğlu said that both the U.S. and Turkey will accompany YPG terrorists as they withdraw from Manbij.Speaking to reporters on his flight to Moscow, Çavuşoğlu also said Turkey had not made any demands from the Syrian government regarding Manbij, and added Ankara would monitor the return of weapons given to the YPG by the United States, an issue that has strained ties between the NATO allies. 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.Afrin city center surrounded, says Turkish army
Afrin city center surrounded, says Turkish army
Afrin city center in northwestern Syria has been surrounded since Monday as part of Turkey-led Operation Olive Branch, Turkish Armed Forces said Tuesday.In a written statement, the Turkish General Staff said the center of Afrin has been surrounded since March 12 and "critically important areas" have been seized as a result of the ongoing operations in the region.A total of 3,393 terrorists have been "neutralized" since the start of the operation, the army said in another statement 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.Video: FSA forces advance in Afrin region amid Operation Olive BranchOnly terrorists and shelters, gun emplacements, weapons, tools and equipment belonging to them have been targeted during the operation, which has been “successfully” continuing, the statement said.The military reiterated that they have been showing every kind of attention and sensibility to ensure civilians and nearby areas do not get harmed.“Basic humanitarian needs, including health services of civilians in the operation area have been met ‘devotedly’,” it said.After securing the liberated regions, Turkey is firstly helping locals return home and the Turkish Red Crescent (Kizilay in Turkish) and the Prime Ministry Disaster and Emergency Management Authority (AFAD) are conducting aid activities simultaneously, the statement said.TAF: 3,393 terrorists 'neutralized' in Afrin opThe army also said Operation Olive Branch was targeting PKK/KCK/PYD-YPG and Daesh terror groups.On Jan. 20, Turkey launched Operation Olive Branch to clear YPG/PKK-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 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 Turkish Armed Forces announced on Tuesday that the Afrin city center, in northwestern Syria, has been surrounded since Monday as part of the Turkish-led Operation Olive Branch.
On Jan. 20, Turkey launched Operation Olive Branch to clear YPG/PKK-Daesh terrorists from Afrin, northwestern Syria.
01:32 dk 13 Mart 2018 Yeni Şafak PKK/PYD terrorists block evacuation of civilians from Afrin
Drone footage shows terrorists from the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK)'s Syrian offshoot, the PYD, as they block civilians' attempts to evacuate Afrin through a humanitarian corridor set up by Turkey. A long line of cars can be seen forming near the city's exit as PKK/PYD terrorists, who use civilians as human shields, force them to turn back.
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 Turkish army and FSA have besieged the town of Afrin, 90 villages and a nearby town, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said on Tuesday, confirming the Turkish military's statement that it had encircled the area.
A total of 3,393 terrorists have been neutralized since the start of the operation, the army said in a statement on Tuesday morning.
00:54 dk 13 Mart 2018 Yeni Şafak FSA forces advance in Afrin region amid Operation Olive Branch
On Jan. 20, Turkey launched Operation Olive Branch to clear YPG/PKK-Daesh terrorists from Afrin, northwestern Syria. The Turkish Armed Forces (TAF) and the Free Syrian Army (FSA) are rapidly advancing toward the Afrin city center.