Kurdish Forces Destroy Turkish Armoured Vehicle, Capture another One In Shaykh Khurus – YPG

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Kurdish forces have taken back the village of Shaykh Khurus and the nearby hill from Turkish forces, the media wing of the People’s Protection Units (YPG) said on February 6.

According to the statement, the YPG and its allies destroyed a Turkish vehicle and captured another one [ACV-15] as well as captured two “terrorists” – most likely members of the Turkish-backed Free Syrian Army (FSA).

The Turkish Armed Forces (TAF) and the FSA entered the village of Shaykh Khurus and Shaykh Khurus Hill earlier this week, but were not able to secure them. Fierce fighting erupted there and the YPG claimed that it had retaken this area. However, the village and the hill de-facto remained contested as the both sides are now competing for them.

Kurdish Forces Destroy Turkish Armoured Vehicle, Capture another One In Shaykh Khurus - YPG

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Kurdish Forces Destroy Turkish Armoured Vehicle, Capture another One In Shaykh Khurus - YPG

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Kurdish Forces Destroy Turkish Armoured Vehicle, Capture another One In Shaykh Khurus - YPG

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Kurdish Forces Destroy Turkish Armoured Vehicle, Capture another One In Shaykh Khurus - YPG

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  • Nigel Maund

    Pretty poor stuff by the Turkish soldiers; they look like they got their vehicle into an idiotic tight place and then deserted it leaving it intact to be acquired by the Kurds – Their hearts not in the fight and they show clear signs of lack of quality training / stupidity or both!

    • Barba_Papa

      That’s the thing with mercenaries like the TFSA. They’re in it for the cash, and when you’re dead you can’t spend it. Whereas these Kurds are true believers in their cause. Belief trumps greed in battle, unless you got overwhelming firepower to back greed up. Which in theory the Turks should have, if it weren’t for Erdogan having destroyed his own army with his purges.

      • Nigel Maund

        Fair comment! Thanks – agree!

      • MichaH

        Weren’t the purges mainly on the higher staff-level as well as in the air force, which could explain a lack of tactical experience and efficiency.
        President Erdogan had also exchanged all the military personnel at the joint NATO Command Centers, but I do not know if this staff fell victim to purges.
        However, the general training of ground forces can not be affected. The weak motivation of the FSA is certainly an important point, but only one of many. As mentioned earlier, an army always looks better on paper than in the field.

        • Barba_Papa

          Maybe it first it was higher ups, but they kept on purging thousands upon thousands from the military. At some point you’re out of generals and then the colonels and majors and captains start entering the picture. Also, without that middle cadre there couldn’t have been a coup. You need junior officers to carry out the orders of the senior ones. I’m sure that Erdogan seized upon the coup to gut the armed forces from the ground up and rebuild them in his image. Remove the spirit of Ataturk from them for once and for all.

          • Störtebembel

            22 920 military personal had been sacked
            6511 officers
            16 409 cadets

            and just look at the career of their chief commander and look where he severved bevor:
            In 2016, General İsmail Metin Temel, Commander of the Van Gendarmerie Public Security Corps, was appointed to the 2nd Army Commandership with the appointment decision of the Ministry of National Defense. İsmail Metin Temel speaks English. In 2016 he was promoted to the rank of general.

            LOL!

          • Skagos

            I’d say Gendarmerie Commander is the best commander out there that could handle this operation. He probably did hundreds of small to mid scale operations against PKK in Van’s mountains.

            Afrin is the same.

            Difference is that Afrin’s PKK has sophisticated weapons and their number is really high.

          • Störtebembel

            Disagree. He acts like a Gendarmerie Commander in Van. This is exactly the problem. You can use tanks and armourd vehicles like that, against small groups with light weapons. But against these experienced and fierce fighters with a lot of AMGs, these tactic will turn against you. They got another tank just hours ago. last in the row. Bang! They will get a lot more.

          • dutchnational

            You are completely right. Seems turks had indeed the PKK in Turkey in mind who are fighting a small scale guerilla army in eastern Turkey and who lack almost any heavier weapons, numbers and secure bases within their operations areas.

            YPG/SDF have all of those and are now gaining experience in fighting a formal army with tanks, heavy artillery and planes. I would expect SDF/YPG forces to become more experienced in this fight and therefore more successful.

          • Skagos

            http://www.yenicaggazetesi.com.tr/d/news/174550.jpg | AT4 Anti Tank Weapon

            *Light weapons

          • dutchnational

            On top of that, there is the small matter of morale, or lack of it.

          • Barba_Papa

            I reckon morale was never that high in the Turkish army to begin with, as conscription in middle eastern countries is never popular, with every possible means to evade it being exhausted. Not to mention a culture of great distance between officers and ordinary soldiers. Now add constant purges, an officer class in disarray, new politically correct officers who know jack shit replacing old ones and you have a recipe for disaster. It takes a long and brutal war for such a service to sort itself out again and weed out the dead wood and incompetents.

            Still, with enough brute force and determination of the political elite you can still win. Just look at the Red Army in the Finnish Winter War. They got their asses kicked horrendously, but they still beat the Fins. Not as much as they had originally hoped but the Fins had to sue for peace still.

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        • MichaH

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      • Rhys Goddard

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  • PZIVJ

    Can the Afrin Kurds collect more of these to form their own mech inf unit ?
    Also a couple of captured Leopards would be great fire support :D

    • Michał Hunicz

      Don’t support PKK.

      • Störtebembel

        The best thing you can support in the fucking mess there.
        But if you prefer some old greedy power-politicians toches, feel free to put your head in.
        ;-)

      • JerryDrake

        I don’t care about PKK, but I really, really hate Turks, so I support PKK.

    • χρηστος

      they are not easy to operate…as static artillery its kind of easy to use…..but only against infantry…..against other vehicles its a coffin on wheels

  • nadeera witharanage

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