A Turkish Armed Forces (TAF) convoy was deployed to the fourth observation point in Syria's Idlib on Monday, which will be established in accordance with the Astana agreement.
The military convoy that set out from Turkey to Idlib early in the morning safely reached the western Aleppo countryside, which is inside the de-escalation zone.
Turkey aims to establish a fourth observation point in the area with its deployed forces.
The Turkish General Staff said in a statement that work to establish the fourth observation point has started, adding that reconnaissance for two additional observation points has also begun.
Turkish, Free Syrian forces capture village in W.Afrin
Turkish and Free Syrian Army forces on Monday captured another village from PYD/PKK terrorists in northwestern Syria, near the Turkish border.According to an Anadolu Agency correspondent in the region, the armies launched a joint operation in the village of Sourkeh in Racu, western Afrin.Since the beginning of the operation, the Turkish Armed Forces and Free Syrian Army have managed to capture 35 different strategic areas from terrorists.CIA sends PKK truckload of heavy weaponry amid Turkey’s Afrin opPYD/PKK plans to use civilian human shields in AfrinPYD/PKK rocket targets refugee camp in Syria’s AzazTurkey 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 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 has also said that only terrorist targets are being destroyed and "utmost importance" is being put on avoiding harming 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.
The statement added that Idlib de-escalation zone was created as part of the Astana, Kazakhstan talks to establish, observe and provide the continuity of the cease-fire in Syria, to establish suitable conditions to enable delivery of humanitarian aid to the needy, and to facilitate the return of the displaced to their homes.
There are currently three active observation points run by the TAF. One is at the Salwa town near northern Idlib, another near the Samaan caste near Deir ez-Zor city in western Aleppo, and the third is in the Sheikh Akil village in northwestern Aleppo.
According to the Astana agreement, Turkey is projected to gradually establish 12 observation points, from Idlib's north to south.
Report exposes PKK’s ethnic cleansing in Syria
The human rights violations of the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK)/Democratic Union Party (PYD) terrorists, including pressuring minorities, war crimes and drug trafficking, was brought to attention in the reports of watchdogs positioned in Syria. While tens of thousands of people were displaced from at least 49 settlements, it was found that on May 26, 2015 the residents of 26 towns south of al-Hasakah were forced to leave.The PKK/PYD implements a policy of pressure and assault in areas it occupies.In regions where different ethnic and religious elements have lived harmoniously for years but are currently PKK/PYD occupied, minority elements are not given the right to life and faith. Reports of human rights violations by the terrorist organization regarding recruiting children and women, under the pretext of mandatory military service, and forcing people from their homes were reflected in reports.CIA sends PKK truckload of heavy weaponry amid Turkey’s Afrin opEthnic cleansingThe Syrian Network for Human Rights’ (SNHR) monthly report urged the international community to step up pressure on the PYD/PKK terrorist group to halt rights abuses against local residents in parts of northern Syria currently under its control. In the SNHR January 2016 report, the U.K.-based watchdog stated that the PKK/PYD entered, then plundered settlements, conducted ethnic cleansing in locations that were devoid of Kurds, burned down houses and forced people to move.Tens of thousands of people exiledThe report stated that nine settlements were completely destroyed and residents were displaced; 19 villages were partially destroyed, and unwanted people were exiled. According to the SNHR report, tens of thousands of people were exiled from at least 49 settlements. It was also reflected in the report that on May 26, 2015 the PKK/PYD burned several villages, and gave residents 24 hours to empty the towns.Only 14 of 225 buildings remain standingEvaluations of the Huseyniye town in the Tel Hamis countryside, where mostly Arabs reside, were also a part of the report. When compared with satellite images of the town from June 2014 and June 2015, the rate of destruction can be put at 94 percent. In one year, the number of buildings standing in the town were reduced from 225 to 14.PYD/PKK plans to use civilian human shields in AfrinOppressing womenIn order to protect its reign over the Syrian regions it controls, silence opposition and gain members, the PKK/PYD targets women and children with violence, according to the report, which states that 42 women were killed between 2011 and 2016. Of these women, Nabiya al-Salah was killed on the road between Raqqa and Tal Abayd with three bullets on Aug. 14, 2015. It was stated that PYD/YPG held 88 women under the pretext of of "compulsory military service" in regions such as Hasakah, Qamishli and Afrin between January 2014 and 2015.Over 50 children massacredIt was found that 51 children were killed and 111 children were detained by the PKK/PYD between 2011 and 2015. Haytham Isa al-Shimali was shot and killed by PKK/PYD snipers in the town of Abu al-Shakhat when he was three years old on May 23, 2015.It was also reported that Ali Ahmad al-Ahmad was shot and killed while trying to escape from PKK/PYD terrorists who tried to capture him on June 21, 2015. In the town of Amude, it was stated that the terrorists who opened fire on June 17, 2013 killed two children among the crowd.PYD/PKK rocket targets refugee camp in Syria’s AzazTurkey launched Operation Olive Branch on Jan. 20 in northwestern Syria to establish security and stability, eliminate PKK/KCK/PYD-YPG and Daesh terrorists, and save locals from their oppression and cruelty.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.Two Turkish soldiers martyred in Operation Olive BranchNearly 950 terrorists neutralized in Afrin operation
During a meeting in Kazakh capital Astana on May 4, the guarantor countries -- Russia, Turkey, and Iran -- signed a deal to establish de-escalation zones in Syria, which included Idlib in northwestern Syria, on the Turkish border.
Turkish troops were tasked with monitoring a cease-fire and establishing a series of observation posts along the line between the Syrian areas of Idlib and Afrin. While the Turkish military has been tasked with establishing observation posts in central Idlib, Russia has been tasked with doing the same in outlying areas.
CIA sends PKK truckload of heavy weaponry amid Turkey’s Afrin op
The U.S. is continuing to send the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) terror organization heavy weaponry. A Syrian armed opposition group said it stopped a truck on the Afrin-Idlib border, and seized 9K111 Fagot anti-tank missile systems and hundreds of heavy weaponry.Syrian opposition group Nour al-Din al-Zenki stopped a suspicious vehicle disguised as a fuel tanker, then began to search the vehicle. Once opening the container, it was found that the truck was “full to the brim” with heavy weapons.Directives from the U.S.Among the seized weapons were TOW missiles, RPG-7 rocket launchers, infantry rifles, 7.62-millimeter machine guns and its ammunition, automatic weapons, a large amount of ammunition and anti-aircraft and anti-tank weapons and systems. According to information obtained by opposition members who spoke to Yeni Şafak, those who were transporting the weaponry-loaded truck to Afrin were U.S.-linked groups stationed in Idlib. These groups, which receive orders “directly” from the Pentagon/CIA, were amassing the weapons in various parts of Idlib.Arms and ammunitions in secret depots are being sent to Afrin in a “veiled manner” in accordance with the needs of the PKK and commands from the U.S.The latest shipment of arms and ammunition shows that the Pentagon and the CIA have not given up support of the terrorist organization even though President Donald Trump on Nov. 24 in a phone call with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan pledged that the U.S. will stop arming the Syrian offshoot of the terror organization, the YPG.On Saturday, five Turkish soldiers were martyred in Sheikh Haruz with TOW missiles sent by the U.S., northeast of Afrin, when the terrorist group targeted a Turkish army tank. Turkey launched Operation Olive Branch on Jan. 20 along with Free Syrian Army (FSA) to clear PYD/PKK and Daesh terrorists from Afrin, northwestern Syria.Konkurs, Fagot, AT-4U.S.-backed groups who appear to be part of the “opposition” have many more secret depots in the region. At least four Konkurs anti-tank guided missiles, also known as the 9K113, were found among the seized weapons. These missiles are the weapons the terror organization has used to conduct at least four attacks against Turkish troops in the past two days.The weapons that the U.S. sent to the PKK are not limited to the Russian Konkurs and Fagot. Swedish anti-AT-4 anti-tankers are also being delivered to the PKK by CIA-guided groups. U.S.-made TOW anti-tank missiles and the French-German Milan missiles are also among the weapons provided by the U.S. to the PKK.Nearly 950 terrorists neutralized in Afrin operationPentagon downed a Russian planeWashington also provided the “opposition” groups it commands in Idlib with man-portable air-defense systems (MANPADS). Those who downed a Russian plane on Saturday were in possession of MANPADS.It is also stated that the attack using a bomb-laden drone on the Russian Hmeymim airbase was carried out in the same way by masked “opposition” members. Following the attack, Turkey-backed Free Syrian Army (FSA) groups were blamed, however this treacherous plot did not hold. “We know who is behind the attack. It has nothing to do with the state of Turkey or its army,” said Kremlin.Heavy weaponry to be sent to PYD/PKK seized in NW SyriaCemal Maruf: Linked to the U.S. and terror groupsAt the heart of the armed organization is a name that draws attention: Cemal Maruf, leader of the Suvvar Syria group. Maruf, who is a regular at Turkey’s Incirlik Base which is used by the U.S., is known as the Pentagon’s “most loyal man.”Maruf, who previously was at the center of many allegations regarding weapons smuggling, was the leader of the group the U.S. first armed. It is claimed that Maruf organized the shipment of weapons to the PKK.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 plans to use civilian human shields in AfrinPYD/PKK rocket targets refugee camp in Syria’s AzazTurkish soldiers, Free Syrian Army capture another hillTwo Turkish soldiers martyred in Operation Olive BranchTurkish PM visits military command center in south