March 23, 2018

Kurds to Act as Human Shields Against Turkish Assault on Afrin

13 March 2018, 03:54 | Darnell Patrick

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Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Saturday said his forces would be inside Afrin in a matter of days, but for humanitarian reasons they were taking their time to strategize and prevent civilian deaths.

Pro-Turkish sources assured, for their part, that until this date the army of the Euroasian country seized from the militia 193 places, of them five cities, 155 villages and 33 mountainous elevations. "We're in these villages temporarily, we're not here to occupy but to liberate", he said.

Over the last 48 hours, Afrin city has reportedly been targeted by Turkish air strikes, the water has been cut off, and the internet severed.

"Hey NATO, with what has been going on in Syria, when are you going to come and be alongside us?" The latter has been fighting for an autonomous region inside Turkey since 1984.

But supporters of the Turkish military operation call this a crime war and blame the YPG of forcing population to act as human shields.

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On January 20, Turkey launched Operation Olive Branch to clear YPG/PKK and Daesh terrorists from Afrin, northwestern Syria. Jamie Janson is a British volunteer with the Syrian Kurdish militia, the YPG, in the Afrin region.

Afrin: The Free Syrian Army (FSA) on Sunday captured a military base used by the terrorists belonging to People's Protection Units (YPG)/ Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) in Syria's Afrin region.

The YPG and allied forces, under the umbrella organization the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), control over 60 percent of the Syrian border with Turkey, which has raised security concerns in Ankara.

A total of 7,858 people were also detained over the week, while trying to cross the Turkish borders illegally.

"The events in the region can stoke passions among Kurds living here in Germany", a ministry spokeswoman said, noting that conflicts between Turks and Kurds were also playing out in Germany, which is home to about 3 million people with ties to Turkey, including many ethnic Kurds.

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