Turkish army, FSA liberate 2 more villages in Afrin

  • Turkish army, FSA liberate 2 more villages in Afrin

Turkish army, FSA liberate 2 more villages in Afrin

A recent United Nations report said at least 15,000 have been displaced since the start of the Turkish military operation against Kurdish fighters in Afrin.

The US secretary of state has started a two-day visit to Turkey, where Rex Tillerson hopes to ease increasing tension between US and Turkish officials over the conflict in Syria. This has raised tensions in Ankara so far that President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has repeatedly implied that Turkey would not care if American troops were also hit in a potential military attack against the YPG in Syria's Manbij.

The EU on Friday urged Turkey to show restraint in its military operation against Kurdish militia in northern Syria, telling Ankara its efforts should focus on Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS).

There have been persistent tensions between the two allies over US support for the Kurdish rebels in Syria, and Turkey's increasing military assault against Kurds in northern Syria.

Turkey has sent its troops into Syria to challenge the YPG and threatened to push into a town where United States forces train Kurds and others.

Birusk Hasaka, a spokesman for the Kurdish YPG militia in Afrin, told Reuters that Turkish bombardment hit a village in the northwest of the region, near the Turkish border.

Kino Gabriel, the SDF spokesmanm said the "fundamental route" to get reinforcements to Afrin is via government forces, adding, "There are understandings between the two forces. for the sake of delivering reinforcements."

The first paradox is that the USA supports an organization that is a wing of the PKK, which is considered a terrorist entity not only by Turkey, but by the U.S. itself. Tillerson is now saying the U.S. never gave the Kurds anything that counted, and that there is "nothing to take back".

Ankara views the YPG as a terror organization linked to the homegrown militants of the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK), which has been fighting for autonomy on Turkish soil over the past decades. The U.S. has been supporting the YPG in order to fight IS in northern Syria.

After the People's Protection Units (YPG) refused a request to hand over arms to the Syrian state, the negotiations were cut short before any deal could be reached, the source said.

The Turkish operation in Afrin, which has been ongoing since January 20, has strained relations between Ankara and its major North Atlantic Treaty Organisation ally, the US.