It seems that after some behind-the-door deals, YPG retreats from Afrin silently this morning…

In Uncategorized on March 18, 2018 at 15:32

Things are so complicated in Middle East… once again proven during the Afrin operation…

Turkish army shares first video of Afrin town center since taking control

The Turkish military has shared its first video of Syria’s Afrin after taking complete control of the town center.

Erdoğan says Turkish forces have taken Kurdish-majority city in Syria after two-month offensive

Turkish forces and Free Syrian Army (FSA) have entered Syria’s Afrin and taken control of several districts, Doğan News Agency Reported on March 18
President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan said on March 17 that Turkey-backed troops had surrounded Afrin city center in northwestern Syria and were ready to enter at any moment.

Erdoğan slams European Parliament over draft calling on Turkey to withdraw from Syria’s Afrin

President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has slammed the European Parliament’s draft motion calling on Turkey to withdraw from Syria’s Afrin.
The European Parliament has approved the motion demanding that Turkey withdraw from Afrin. The motion has been approved by a majority vote with 371 votes in favor and 241 votes against.

Turkey claims to have encircled Afrin, besieging up to 200,000

Inhabitants of majority Kurdish Syrian city fear a blockade and bombardment are imminent

Turkey claims to have encircled Afrin in northern Syria, besieging up to 200,000 civilians, many of whom were attempting to flee what they fear will be an imminent blockade and bombardment of the majority Kurdish city.

The EU got “limited” effect for the €9bn it spent trying to modernise Turkey in recent years, auditors have said. Turkey has been “backsliding” on reforms since 2013 due to “lack of political will”, the European Court of Auditors found.
European Union funding to help Turkey’s stalled membership bid has “barely addressed” key problems with democracy and the media, the bloc’s spending watchdog has said.

Northern Syria’s Kurds are establishing direct democracy and a gender revolution. Why are we arming jihadist-linked Turkey?“It’s like Spain in 1936.” Those are the words of Alexander Norton, a charismatic 31-year-old railway worker from east London, as Turkish forces besiege the Kurdish city of Afrin. Following in the tradition of Britain’s courageous International Brigades eight decades earlier, Norton has risked his life to fight Isis alongside Kurdish freedom fighters in Kurdish Syria. As you read this, a secular democracy that celebrates women’s rights is under attack, including by Turkish-aligned troops who have sung al-Qaida songs and threatened to cut off the heads of their “atheist” victims. If you’re wondering why Kurds and their supporters occupied King’s Cross and Manchester Piccadilly stations last weekend: here’s why. The Conservative government is arming to the teeth a nation ruled by an authoritarian despot, whose regime is linked to extreme jihadist groups, and which is now attempting to liquidate one of the only islands of democracy in a sea of Middle Eastern despotism: and yet virtually no one is speaking out about it.

Afrin: Turkish forces ‘encircle’ Syrian Kurdish city

Turkey began an offensive aimed at driving Kurdish militia out of the border region in January.

Reuters – Mar 7, 5:40 AM

CAIRO (Reuters) – Saudi Arabia’s powerful Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman has described Turkey as part of a ‘triangle of evil’ along with Iran and hardline Islamist groups, Egypt’s Al-Shorouk newspaper reported on Wednesday. The Saudi prince also

Vía Erkan’s Field Diary

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