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the Leopard 2A4 models included more substantial changes, including an automated fire and explosion suppression system, an all-digital fire control system able to handle new ammunition types, and an improved turret with flat titanium/tungsten armour.
Turkey has 354 units.
Main armament 1× 120 mm Rheinmetall L/55 smoothbore gun (42 rounds)
Secondary armament 2× 7.62 mm MG3A1 (4,750 rounds)
Armor Protection against 14.5×114mm armor-piercing rounds
Main armament 25mm FNSS Sharpshooter Turret
Secondary armament 7.62mm Machine gun
Rojava Defense Units | YPGNo villages were captured, there are intense clashes in those allegedly captured villages. The only point that had been seized by mercenaries was a hill in Raju district and is reseized by us now.
YPG claim to have regained control of Adah Manli, Shadia and Surka villages of Raju district and Shinkal village of Bulbul district, as intense clashes continue along some areas of the border
"All the Turkish military's ground attacks against Afrin have been repelled so far and they have been forced to retreat," Nouri Mahmoudi, a YPG official, said. Since the morning, the combatants have exchanged shelling and clashed along several frontlines around Afrin, he said.
Thousands rallied against the attacks in the border town of Amuda in northwest Syria. In Turkey, police used pepper spray against pro-Kurdish protesters in Istanbul and Ankara.
Turkey said it had hit targets including hideouts used by Kurdish militants. The YPG said Turkey's strikes killed some civilians and accused Turkey of striking civilian districts and a camp for displaced people in Afrin.
Erdogan said some of Turkey's allies had provided the YPG with 2,000 plane shipments and 5,000 truckloads of ammunition, comments that appeared to be aimed at the United States.
France called for restraint and an emergency meeting of the United Nations Security Council which will hold talks about the situation in Syria on Monday, foreign minister Jean-Yves Le Drian said.
Russia, which backs Syrian President Bashar al-Assad in the civil war, will demand in the United Nations that Turkey halt it's operation in Afrin, RIA news quoted a member of the Russian parliament's security committee as saying on Saturday.
BEIRUT, LEBANON (6:50 P.M.) – The Turkish-backed rebels seized an important piece of the Afrin Canton today after launching an important assault from the ‘Azaz axis.
Led by the Free Syrian Army (FSA), the Turkish-backed rebels stormed the Bahsaya Mountain in northeast Afrin, seizing the important military base after a short battle with the People’s Protection Units (YPG).
Following the capture of the military base, the Turkish-backed rebels were able to impose full control over the Bahsaya Mountain, forcing the YPG fighters to withdraw south towards Afrin city.
As a result of this advance, the Turkish-backed rebels are now gathering to attack the towns of Deir Suran, Al-Zitouniyah, and Al-Amod.
YPG PRESS OFFICE
Published on Jan 22, 2018
The invading Turkish army, who alleges it has controlled large areas of Afrin is seen patrolling behind the wall it had built on the border. The attack against Hammam village by invading Turkish army and its gangs had been repelled and the mercenaries had to withdraw. YPG-led SDF fighters are now observing Turkish army’s posts on the border 7/24.
#BREAKING Turkish military says 1 Turkish soldier martyred on third day of Olive Branch Operation in Syria’s Afrin
#BREAKING Battle in Syria's #Afrin region kills 54 Syrian Kurd and pro-Turkey fighters: monitor
Mount #Barsayah (Girê Qestelê) is reseized by our forces now. It was the first point lost to Turkey-backed terrorists today. Some better news to come soon from #Afrin.
BEIRUT, LEBANON (8:45 P.M.) – The Kurdish-led People’s Protection Units (YPG) launched a swift counter-assault in the northeastern countryside of the Afrin Canton, tonight, targeting the recently lost mountaintop of Jabal Bahsaya.
The YPG forces were able to retake Jabal Bahsaya after a short counter-assault that forced the Turkish-backed rebels to retreat towards the ‘Azaz axis once again.
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With Jabal Bahsaya back under their control, the YPG has restored security over several towns that are overlooked by this large mountaintop in the Afrin Canton of northwest Aleppo.
Intense clashes are now ongoing between the YPG and Turkish-backed rebels near the Bulbul District in northern Afrin.
According to reports from the region, the Internet is completely cut off in Afrin. It is stated that the wireless lines do not work either.
International volunteers of #YPG state their determination to defend #Afrin