Syrian Government Enters the Fights in Afrin

A group of pro-Assad fighters entered Afrin region in support of the Kurdish fighters against the Turkish military to immediately come under heavy artillery.

The Syrian State TV showed videos of the convoy of pro-government forces deployed in Afrin to help the YPG fighters.

The YPG has hailed the Syrian government for sending supports to “defend the unity of Syrian territory and borders.”

The YPG spokesperson Nouri Mahmoud said, “The Syrian government has responded to the call of duty and sent military units on this day … to deploy along the border and take part in defending the unity of Syria’s territory and borders.”

The pro-government fighters entered the embattled city shouting slogans in favor of the Syrian government.

Turkey strongly condemned the Syrian government move in Afrin. The Turkish forces fired warning shots at pro-Assad forces while they entered Afrin.

Turkey regards YPG as a terrorist organization as an extension of the PKK, a leftists Kurdish group based in the southeastern part of Turkey, engaged in rebellion against the Turkish state for decades resulting tens of thousands of casualties in Turkey over the last few decades.

The Anadolu news agency [state news agency of Turkey] said, “Pro-regime terrorist groups that are trying to advance towards Afrin retreated to about 10 kilometers from the town because of the warning shots.”

“Turkish regime forces targeted the locations of popular forces with artillery fire as they arrived to the Afrin region,” Syrian government news agency SANA reported without mentioning anything about the retreat.

The United States has been a key YPG ally in its fight against ISIS, a vicious terrorist organization, that Turkey doesn’t like very much.

Turkey regards YPG as a terrorist organization as an extension of the PKK, a leftists Kurdish group based in the southeastern part of Turkey, engaged in rebellion against the Turkish state for decades resulting tens of thousands of casualties in Turkey over the last few decades.

The Turkish-U.S. relations have deteriorated over the Afrin operations and the U.S. support of the YPG forces.


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