Over 40 settlements liberated in Syria's Afrin

Kurdistan 24 frontline coverage in Afrin Turkish military resumes shelling on city and countryside

Kurdistan 24 frontline coverage in Afrin Turkish military resumes shelling on city and countryside

During a phone interview with The Independent, a former IS fighter named Faraj from northeast Syria, who reportedly closely monitors the movement of extremists, said Turkey was "training IS members and sending them to Afrin". The YPG makes up the backbone of a force that fought IS in Syria. "After use, they will be thrown away".

Meanwhile, in Turkey's southeastern province of Diyarbakir, a court remanded in custody Mehmet Arslan, the co-chair of the Democratic Regions Party (DBP) over making terror propaganda on social media and his statements on Turkey's operation in Syria.

"What would we talk about with a murderer who has killed a million of his citizens", Erdogan said in his address to mukhtars- heads of Turkish villages and neighbourhoods-at the presidential complex in Turkey's capital, Ankara, as quoted by TRT World.

On the ground in Syria, the top US general in the coalition fighting the Islamic State group pledged on Wednesday that American troops would remain in the northern Syrian Kurdish town of Manbij despite Ankara's demands for a USA pullout.

For numerous participating groups, their function is reduced to serving as a "foreign legion" for Turkey, said Heras. They're pretty common in Syria in general.

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Gasimov said Moscow "is about to elaborate a new strategy for Syria". Following the Governor's statement, other regions in Turkey have also banned LGBTQ events (cf. consideration M & par. 12). Gen. Ahmed Othman, a commander in the powerful Sultan Murad Division, a leading Turkish-allied faction. His path reflects the trajectory of the armed uprising — first scoring some major victories against Assad, then coming done amid factionalism, the rise of jihadi groups and, above all, lack of meaningful worldwide military support.

He said aid deliveries to besieged and hard-to-reach areas also remain blocked, leading to "an even more acute situation" particularly in the rebel-held Damascus suburb of Eastern Ghouta. A stronghold of Islamic State militants until late previous year, the province also was the group's main source of oil revenue. "We also maintain accountability of that with our advisers on the ground".

Ibrahim Kalin, spokesman for President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, made the comments on Wednesday ahead of a planned visit by U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and National Security Advisor H.R. McMaster to Turkey next week.

It said the operation was being carried out under the framework of Turkey's rights based on worldwide law. "My job is to fight", he said.

The Afrin battle, now in its third week, has been a struggle, with stiff resistance from the YPG.

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On Jan. 20, Turkish warplanes began striking Afrin as dozens of civilians, including children and women, were reported to have been killed by air raids and shelling.

Seven YPG fighter and two civilians were killed in the strikes, according to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, a United Kingdom -based group that monitors the war in Syria. "It indicates Turkey is trying to, probably to, re-control some of the Ottoman Empire, but the president plays with fire, domestically and internationally".

The meeting - the second such tripartite summit on Syria - would come as Turkey presses on with its Olive Branch offensive against Kurdish militia inside northern Syria in an area where Russian Federation has an influence.

According to Turkish media, Ankara's aerial campaign was briefly halted after Russia closed the airspace over Afrin, as a result of the downing of a Russian jet in neighbouring Idlib province.

U.S. Defense Secretary James Mattis said Thursday he will meet with his Turkish counterpart Nurettin Canikli in Brussels next week amid U.S. concern over Turkey's plans to launch a military operation in Manbij, Syria.

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"I'm very confident in the (Syrian Democratic Forces) leadership", Funk said, referring to the USA -backed Syrian forces mostly made up the YPG. "I find the Turkish presence necessary not because I love them but because their presence prevents government airstrikes".

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