On December 18, Turkey’s Anadolu Agency released a video showing fortifications of the Kurdish People’s Protection Units (YPG) near the northern Syrian town of Ayn al-Arab (also known as Kobani).
“Video obtained by Anadolu Agency shows the terrorists [the YPG and the PKK] in the city — right across the border from Suruc, in the southeastern Turkish province of Sanliurfa — dug trenches and tunnels, presumably to hinder Turkish armored vehicles from crossing the border for an operation east of the Euphrates River.
In order to connect their positions near the border, the terrorists are using cement to fortify tunnels and trenches spanning two meters tall by one meter wide (6.5 feet tall, 3.2 feet wide).
The footage also shows buildings thought to be local police stations with photos of terrorists on their walls,” Anadolu Agency wrote in its comment to the video.
Since the recent announcement by the Turkish leadership that the country is going to kick off a military operation against the YPG in the area east of the Euphrates, there have been numerous speculations on what YPG-held towns will be attacked first. Ayn al-Arab and Tall Abyad have been named as the possible targets.
Meanwhile, the Turkish Armed Forces continued to deploy armoured vehicles near the border with Syria, in the areas close to the YPG-held part of the country.