Erdogan: Syria’s Afrin town center ‘entirely under control,’ Kurds ‘fled’

Published time: 18 Mar, 2018 08:19 Edited time: 18 Mar, 2018 08:25 The Turkish military and allied forces have taken full control of the Syrian city of Afrin, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan announced on Sunday. Kurdish YPG forces had previously maintained control of the area. The pro-Turkish forces entered the city before dawn and faced […]

US gave Kurds modern arms, made Turkey launch Afrin op – Russian Security Council

Washington provoked Ankara into launching a military offensive on Syria’s Kurdish-controlled Afrin by “boosting” the Kurds with advanced weapons, according to the Russian Security Council. Read more “The Kurds are being boosted with advanced weaponry. The deliveries of modern weapons and encouragement of separatist sentiments among the Kurds have in fact provoked Turkey into carrying […]

Turkey deploys special forces to Afrin, Syria in ‘preparation for new fight’

Ankara has sent police special forces units to the northern Syrian region of Afrin in anticipation of a new phase of its campaign against the Kurdish militias. It also says the UN-backed ceasefire does not affect its operation. The special forces units crossed into Syrian territory from the southern Turkish provinces of Kilis and Hatay, […]

Assad supporters celebrate in Afrin after pro-govt forces bolster Kurds (VIDEO)

Demonstrators waved Syrian flags in the central square of the Kurdish-dominated city of Afrin, as Damascus sent militias to reinforce locals in their resistance against the Turkish onslaught. Amateur footage showed several dozen participants climbing on cars and monuments, while hoisting portraits of Syrian President Bashar Assad, as a larger crowd observed without joining in. Government-allied […]

Turkish shelling narrowly misses reporter covering pro-Syrian govt deployment in Afrin (VIDEO)

Turkish forces have attempted to prevent the convoy of pro-government Syrian militias from entering the Kurdish-held Afrin, unleashing a barrage of artillery fire which hit close to media covering the deployment. A reporter, apparently working for Al Mayadeen pan-Arabist satellite television channel, has narrowly escaped being struck by a shell that landed a few hundred […]

Deal reached for Syrian army to enter Afrin, claims Kurdish official

A deal between Damascus and Syrian Kurds fighting off an ongoing Turkish offensive on Afrin is reportedly on the cards again. An adviser to the Kurdish administration told Reuters Syrian troops might be at the border in two days. Several conflicting reports have been coming from Syria, suggesting either success or failure of alleged negotiations […]

Turkey denies ‘groundless’ reports of toxic gas used by its troops in Afrin op

The Turkish embassy in Russia has dismissed reports that its troops used some toxic agent in its Operation Olive Branch conducted in Syria’s Afrin as “groundless accusations.” In its statement, the embassy also referred to information provided by the US-led coalition, which said that “there is no proof indicating the use of chemical weapons by […]

‘Worse than Afrin’: Erdogan’s aide threatens to ‘break legs’ of Greek ministers over disputed isles

Greek officials who set foot on contested islands in the Aegean Sea will face Turkey’s wrath that will be “worse than that in Afrin,” a Turkish presidential advisor has charged. Athens swiftly denounced his rant. “We will break the arms and legs of the [Greek] Prime Minister [Alexis Tsipras] or of any minister, who dares […]

'Double standards': Kurds slam US for not fighting 'Turkish occupation' of Afrin (VIDEO)

As Kurdish fighters look to the US to help in the fight against Turkish troops in Manbij, some are accusing Washington of double standards after it did nothing to protect Afrin from “Turkish occupation.” “With the coalition, especially the US forces, we saw some double standards,” a Kurdish military officer by the name of Khalil […]