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Rojava Defense Units | YPG
13h13 hours ago
What happened in Qestel Cindo in the first attack? #YPG fighter: "Emê li ser rihê wan bisekinin heval!" #Afrin
Rojava Defense Units | YPG
4h4 hours ago
Second visual confirmation that the #SDF's control over Mt. Basrayah (Girê Qestel). #YPG #Afrin
Rojava Defense Units | YPG
2h2 hours ago
Moments from the operation to liberate Hammam village by #YPG-led #SDF. January 23, Hammam village - #Afrin.
ANKARA/BEIRUT (Reuters) - Turkey has killed at least 260 Syrian Kurdish fighters and Islamic State militants in its four-day-old offensive into the Kurdish-dominated Afrin region of northwest Syria, the Turkish military said on Tuesday.
U.S. President Donald Trump plans to raise concerns with Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan in a phone call expected on Wednesday about Ankara's offensive against U.S.-backed Kurdish YPG forces in Afrin, a senior U.S. official said.
French President Emmanuel Macron also voiced disquiet, a few hours after Turkey's foreign minister said it wanted to avoid any clash with U.S., Russian or Syrian government forces during its offensive but would do whatever necessary for its security.
The air and ground operation has opened a new front in Syria's multi-sided civil war and could threaten U.S. plans to stabilise and rebuild a large area of northeast Syria - beyond President Bashar al-Assad's control - where Washington helped a force dominated by the YPG to drive out Islamic State militants.
Syrian Civil War Map
11h11 hours ago
Casualty numbers according to the SDF:
- Qude Hill and Qude village: 37 gang members killed
- Kurne village: 1 gang member killed
- Şiltalte: 3 gang members killed
- Shaba are: 13 gang members killed
- Hamam village: 150 gang members and turkish soldiers killed
Here are the weapons used in the Operation "Olive Dali" in Afrin 70 percent of the weapons used in the operation of Olive Dali started in Afrin
BEIRUT, LEBANON (1:40 A.M.)
Among the areas recaptured by the YPG on Wednesday were the Basraya Mountains and key town of Hamam in the northern part of the Afrin Canton.
The YPG was able to retake these areas on Wednesday after they repelled another major assault by the Turkish-backed rebels.
Tsk is shooting PKK / YPG targets in the Afrin region with Kilisten ÇNRA shootings .. There is information on the way of making heavy shoots in the region
Killed by Rebels in a failed attak on Qalaat Seeman front.
Funeral and ammunition captured in the Qûdê tepe resistance
Norbert Roettgen of Merkel's CDU party protested that "it is completely out of the question for Germany to increase the combat strength of the Leopard tanks in Turkey if the Turkish army is going after the Kurds in northern Syria".
Under growing domestic pressure, Gabriel put an end to the deal on Thursday, at least for now.
"Concerning the current discussions about defence exports, the government is clear about the fact that we must not and will not export into conflict zones," he said in a statement.
Some more civilian homes destroyed by Turkish airstrikes and howitzer shelling in Rajo town of Afrin
YPG Internationalists announce they will go to Efrin to defend it from the invading Turkish army and it's jihadist allies.
Gaining de facto autonomyIn 2012, in the early stages of the Syrian Civil War, Syrian government forces withdrew from three Kurdish enclaves, leaving control to local militias. Existing underground Kurdish political parties, namely the Democratic Union Party (PYD) and the Kurdish National Council (KNC), joined to form the Kurdish Supreme Committee (KSC) and established the People's Protection Units (YPG) militia to defend Kurdish-inhabited areas in northern Syria. In July 2012, the YPG established control in the towns of Kobanî, Amuda and Afrin, and the Kurdish Supreme Committee established a joint leadership council to administer the towns. Soon YPG also gained control of the cities of Al-Malikiyah, Ras al-Ayn, al-Darbasiyah, and al-Muabbada and parts of Hasakah and Qamishli.
The Kurdish Supreme Committee became obsolete in 2013, when the PYD abandoned the coalition with the KNC and adopted the aim of creating a polyethnic and progressive society and polity in a wider Rojava region of northern Syria. PYD established the Movement for a Democratic Society (TEV-DEM) coalition based on a distinct progressive ideology of grassroots democracy rather than ethnicity. According to Zaher Baher of the Haringey Solidarity Group, TEV-DEM has been "the most successful organ" in Rojava because it has the "determination and power" to change things, and because it includes many people who "believe in working voluntarily at all levels of service to make the event/experiment successful". United in the political philosophy of Democratic Confederalism, TEV-DEM established popular assemblies. In January 2014, the three cantons Afrin Canton, Jazira Canton and Kobanî Canton declared their autonomy and the Constitution of Rojava was approved. From September 2014 to spring 2015, the YPG forces in Kobanî Canton, supported by some secular Free Syrian Army label militias and leftist international and PKK volunteers, fought and finally repelled an assault by the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) during the Siege of Kobanî, and in the YPG's Tell Abyad offensive of summer of 2015, Jazira Canton and Kobanî Canton were connected.
In December 2015, the Syrian Democratic Council was created. In January/February 2016, the autonomous Shahba region was founded and administrative institutions established as a fourth canton. On 17 March 2016, at a TEV-DEM-organized conference in Rmelan, Syrian Turkmen, Arab, Christian and Kurdish officials declared the establishment the Democratic Federation of Rojava – Northern Syria in the areas they controlled in Northern Syria. The declaration was quickly denounced by both the Syrian government and the National Coalition for Syrian Revolutionary and Opposition Forces.