Turkey captures a number of villages in northern Syria

Lester Mason
January 23, 2018

Ankara has been infuriated by US support for the YPG, which is one of several issues that have brought ties between Washington and its Muslim NATO ally close to breaking point.

Washington said it's open to helping Ankara create secure zones, and to addressing "legitimate" concerns in the region. Thus, together with China, apparently, "we're imploding the global system from the inside" and threatening the post-World War II world order, "ostensibly created by the USA and its allies after World War II".

"The call for restraint, I believe, was widely shared during the discussion", he added, saying that France was "attentive to the security of Turkey, its territories and its borders".

On January 20, the Turkish General Staff declared the start of the operation dubbed "Operation Olive Branch" against the Kurdish People's Protection Units around Afrin where about 1.5 mln Syrian Kurds are living.

The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights Monitoring group says at 24 civilians, 24 Kurdish fighters, and 25 Turkish-backed Syrian militiamen have been killed in the clashes in Afrin since Saturday.

Turkey's Islamist President Recep Tayyip Erdogan made good on his threats to "suffocate" U.S.' plans to help set up and train a Syrian border control force made up, to a large part, of Kurds.

"Afrin will be settled". The militia said it is fighting to push back the advancing troops in Balia and Qarna in northwest Afrin. "We spoke about this with our Russian friends; we have an agreement". We also talked to the other coalition powers.

"My aunt lives in Reyhanli", one resident of Hatay said. "It could have hit her house, we could have lost someone from our family!"

The Ankara governor yesterday said that while the military operation was underway, demonstrations could not take place in the capital without the governorate's permission.

Turkey targeted the YPG, a Kurdish element of the Syrian Democratic Forces, one of the largest and most effective fighting forces that the USA trained, equipped, and supported with air strikes during the successful three-year campaign to degrade and destroy ISIS' caliphate in Iraq and Syria. But not everyone agrees.

Turkey has launched an air and ground campaign into Afrin, a Kurdish-controlled enclave in northwestern Syria.

Lavrov also addressed the USA role in northern Syria where, RT reports, he said that US forces were "seriously involved in creating alternative government bodies on a vast part of the Syrian territory".

Other reports by Iphone Fresh

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