Turkey will soon clear Syria's Afrin town of militants: government spokesman

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13 March, 2018

The Kurdish residents of Afrin have said they would act as human shield to confront a Turkish assault on the local Kurdish militia YPG who rules the city, days after Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan announced the siege on the Syrian city was complete and that the Turkish army was preparing to enter it soon.

On Jan. 20, Turkey launched Operation Olive Branch to clear YPG/PKK and Daesh terrorists from Afrin. "We are constantly harassed by terror groups on our borders".

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. Unfortunately, until now, there has not been a positive word or voice.

On Saturday, worldwide activists and Kurdish communities in foreign countries marched and protested against what they called the Turkish aggression against Afrin and European arms trade with Turkey.

Turkey views the YPG as an extension of the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK), which is deemed a terrorist group by the United States, the European Union and Turkey.

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Earlier this week, the Pentagon announced an "operational pause" in the fight against remnants of IS in eastern Syria, admitting that Turkey's activities in Afrin affected the coalition's capabilities. Jamie Janson is a British volunteer with the Syrian Kurdish militia, the YPG, in the Afrin region.

Rashid said the terrorist "cowards" planted mines and hand-made explosives all over the streets and tried to use civilians as human shields.

The YPG too denies any direct organisational links to Turkey's PKK- an assertion backed by a USA -led coalition whose air strikes have helped the militia and allied Arab fighters drive Islamic State militants out of tens of thousands of square kilometres of Syria.

Ankara views the group as an extension of the Turkey-based Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK), which it and other countries describe as a "terrorist" organisation.


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