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    Syrian Kurds Warn Turkey is Getting Ready for Assault on Syrian City of Afrin

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    An official representative of the Kurdish People's Protection Units (YPG), Nuri Mehmud, told Sputnik Turkiye that Turkey is getting ready for an assault on the Syrian city of Afrin, located to the north of Aleppo, which is currently controlled by the Syrian Kurds. Ankara is currently pulling its troops to the city border.

    "Turkey is pulling its forces to the cities of Azaz and Mare in northwestern Syria. Besides, it is deploying heavy armament on the border near Idlib. We can't provide the exact numbers of the units of the heavy armament  which is being deployed by Ankara, because the Turkish military and the units of the Free Syrian Army (FSA) are launching regular attacks on Afrin,"  Nuri Mehmud told Sputnik.

    Meanwhile, a FSA commander, who wished not to disclose his name, told Sputnik that Turkey, together with the FSA fighters intends to launch an operation near the city of Tell Rifaat in northwestern Syria after the end of the holy month of Ramadan. That is why Turkey is deploying its officers and heavy armament near the city of Azaz which is located 6 km from Tell Rifaat.

    "Tell Rifaat is of strategic importance and its territory should have been long cleared from YPG, because it belongs to Arabs. If Tell Rifaat is going to be captured, then the threat to Azaz will be also eliminated because YPG units launch strikes on Azaz time and again," the FSA commander told Sputnik adding that it will be a ground and aerial operation.

    Various reports suggest that starting from Wednesday, Turkey has been pulling howitzers, tanks and armored vehicles to Azaz, and has been re-deploying the units of the Turkish Special Forces to the area.

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    military operation in Syria, assault, Kurdish People's Protection Units (YPG), Free Syrian Army (FSA), Tell Rifaat, Afrin, Turkey, Syria
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