Turkish jets resume airstrikes over Syrian Kurdish enclave

Frederick Owens
February 10, 2018

The suspects are accused of spreading a call to take to the streets on the pretext of protesting Turkey's Olive Branch Operation in Syria, the source added.

The Turkish air force have delivered airstrikes on February 9 at Afrin, Syria, where the Kurdish People's Self Defense Forces are on defensive positions. "A total of 1,062 terrorists have been liquidated since the start of the operation", the report says. The Turkish armed forces are supported by the Free Syrian Army (FSA) - an Ankara-backed paramilitary opposition group which consists mainly of Syrian Arab and Syrian Turkmen groups, which hold the territories in Afrin.

Saturday, a Russian made missile was blamed by Ankara for the destruction of a Turkish tank and the killing of eight Turkish soldiers in the Syrian Kurdish enclave of Afrin.

American and Syrian Kurdish commanders at the Manbij outpost said that low-level clashes between Turkish-backed forces and the US -backed fighters were a regular occurrence.

The Russian officials offered assurances that they would not engage the coalition forces in the area, Veale said.

President Tayyip Erdogan said on Thursday Turkey would strip the word "Turkish" from the name of its main medical association after the group publicly opposed the campaign.

Putin and Erdogan discussed what the Kremlin said was "the importance of continuing the joint work of Russia, Turkey, and Iran" on Syria.

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In Syria, regime forces continued on Wednesday to pound the besieged areas of eastern Ghouta near the capital, Damascus, raising the number of casualties to more than 100 in two days.

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, which monitors the war, said Deir el-Zour province continues to be tense following the foiled attack and the USA response, and said there were reports of a new mobilization to the area. The attacks have displaced around 60,000 people, she added.

The latest strikes are the first by the Turkish air force in almost a week.

These bans have taken place in a context of repeated restrictions on the rights of LGBTQ people, such as the ban of Pride Marches around the country by Turkish authorities - including of Istanbul Pride in 2015, 2016 and 2017.

A Western diplomat speaking on condition of anonymity said there are deep concerns Erdogan wants to re-orientate Turkey towards Moscow.

"There won't be a war between the two countries", said Iranian expert Assadi, "but Tehran can support Kurdish groups fighting in Turkey, and will use its proxy forces in Syria, as well as facilitate arming of Kurdish groups fighting Turkey".

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