On January 20, the Turkish General Staff declared the beginning of operation "Olive Branch" against Kurdish militants in the Syrian city of Afrin.
The Turkish General Staff has reported about the interception in Afrin of a convoy of 30-40 vehicles belonging to what they described as "terrorists and Kurdish militia groups."
Residents of a Kurdish-held enclave in northern Syria that recently became ground zero of a major Turkish military operation staged a rally to welcome the arrival of pro-Damascus militia units.
The UN said on Monday that Syria is currently experiencing “some of the worst fighting of the entire conflict” nearly seven years after the war began. A representative of the Kurdish self-defense units, the YPG, Nuri Mahmoud spoke to Sputnik about the relationship of the Kurdish forces with the Syrian government troops and the United States.
WASHINGTON (Sputnik) - The Pentagon has seen no indication of Turkey planning to move to the Syrian city of Manbij, Acting Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Stability and Humanitarian Affairs Mark Swayne said at a Washington, DC think tank on Monday.
Emmanuel Macron’s office announced its decision after the French president discussed Turkey’s operation against Kurdish People’s Protection Units in Syria with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan during a phone conversation.
Turkey launched its operation in Syria on January 20 and has repeatedly emphasized that the campaign doesn't in any way threaten the Arab Republic's territorial integrity.
Turkey’s Operation Olive Branch is aimed to reach the objectives Ankara failed to achieve in the course of the Euphrates Shield campaign, Iraqi military strategist Amir al-Saidi has told Sputnik. According to the strategist, Ankara is seeking to bolster its positions to gain leverage in the Syrian peace talks in Geneva and Sochi.
ANKARA (Sputnik) - The Turkish Armed Forces have killed 597 militants belonging to the Kurdish Democratic Union Party (PYD), People's Protection Units (YPG) and Daesh since the beginning of the operation in Syria's northern district of Afrin, the Turkish General Staff said in a statement on Monday.
Turkey kicked off its Olive Branch operation against Kurdish militia groups in Northern Syria on January 20. The Turkish aviation and land forces are being supported by Free Syrian Army militants.
MOSCOW (Sputnik) – The Turkish military operation in Syria’s northern Afrin district has claimed lives of 86 civilians, leaving 198 others wounded since its beginning a week ago, the Syrian state-run Sana news agency has reported, citing civilian sources.
Thousands of Kurdish immigrants have taken to the streets of Europe to protest against the Turkish military operation in the Syrian city of Afrin.
Deputy of the Turkish ruling AKP party, Metin Kulunk, in an interview with Sputnik Turkey said that the operation in Manjib will continue until the complete destruction of the Kurdish YPG forces.
Foreign forces need the Afrin offensive launched by the Turks to enflame a new round of war in the region, Syrian official Heifi Mustafa told Sputnik. For his part, Turkish academic Samir Salehah argues that Ankara's Operation Olive Branch falls within the framework of Article 51 of the UN Charter as a self-defense operation.
As the sixth day of Ankara's Operation Olive Branch in Syria is drawing to a close, Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu answered some journalists' questions, revealing the country's stance on official Damascus as well as the current state of the US-Turkey row over Washington's support for the Syrian Kurds.
Against the background of Turkey's ongoing military operation against Kurdish militias in northern Syria, things on the diplomatic front are heating up as well, with the US State Department accusing Russia of trying to "drive a wedge" between Ankara and Washington. Turkish international relations experts told Sputnik why the US claims were absurd.
German Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel has expressed the country's concern over Ankara's ongoing operation in Afrin and revealed the decision to halt sypplying Turkey with German-built Leopard tanks, according to Spiegel.
Trkish President and his US counterpart have discussed the situation in Syria's Afrin, where Ankara is currently conducting a military operation.
The Turkish intervention into Kurdish Syrian Democratic Forces-controlled areas in Afrin, northwest Syria has intensified, entering its fifth day on Wednesday. Sputnik offers a summary of the day's most important military reports and political and diplomatic announcements.
As Turkey continues its offensive against the Kurdish militias entrenched in the Syrian region of Afrin, the Pentagon has reportedly promised to sever all assistance to YPG elements that would move to support their beleaguered brethren in Syria’s northwest, as a US delegation has visited Turkey for talks on its offensive, Operation Olive Branch.
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