Overview Of Battle For Afrin On March 12, 2018 (Map, Video, Photo)

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Overview Of Battle For Afrin On March 12, 2018 (Map, Video, Photo)

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On March 12, the Turkish Armed Forces (TAF) and the Free Syrian Army (FSA) captured the villages of Jamalah, Zindakan, Qila, Kumush Burj and Qibar from the Kurdish People’s Protection Units (YPG) in the Syrian area of Afrin. Thus, Turkey-led forces deployed within only 5km south of the YPG-held city of Afrin as well as 5 km west of the TAF’s positions east of the YPG-held city.

Overview Of Battle For Afrin On March 12, 2018 (Map, Video, Photo)

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According to pro-Turkish sources, since the start of Ankara’s Operation Olive Branch, the TAF and the FSA have captured 193 locations including 5 towns, 155 villages, 33 mountains and hills.

On March 10 and March 11, Turkey-led forces made large gains in the area of Afrin and outflakned the city of Afrin from the northern and northeastern directions.

According to pro-Turkish sources, the TAF and the FSA will fully isolate the YPG-held city from the southern direction and cut it off from the government-held part of Aleppo province. When this is done, the YPG will have no more chances to receive any direct help from Damascus.

On March 12, the TAF’s general staff released a statement saying that 3,347 “terrorists” had been neutralized in the military operation. In turn, the media wing of the US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces [the YPG is a core of the group] claimed that 95 members of the FSA and the TAF had been killed by the YPG in the Afrin area over the past 24 hours. The both sides provide little evidence to prove its claims about the alleged casualties.

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  • χρηστος

    if they divide the region in 2 ,as the SAA usually does all over SYria, then the YPG fighters are doomed. They will receive no mercy if they are captured.

    • You can call me Al

      Captured – whahahaha, this is Turkey you are talking about.

  • Barba_Papa

    I have to admit that the Turks are making better progress then expected. Either they’ve significantly upped their game since Operation Euphrates Shield, or without US air support the Kurds are just not as good as ISIS was.

    • You can call me Al

      Agreed, Turkey are just showing off now. Even from yesterday, the gains are extremely impressive. I have to admit I was extremely sceptical about their entry into this conflict, but after Erdy’s renewed commitment of coming in, sweeping up and getting out, rightly or wrongly I am all for it now.

      • Rob

        Erdogan says that the US backed SDF, YPG are terrorists.

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    • Mike

      Its both. Turkey learned from mistakes made in ES and YPG is far weaker than ISIS.

    • Mike

      Its probably both

    • Vidura

      US never gave air support to isis lol dumbass…!

      • RusskiiTroll54

        not officially, but when they strike SAA positions before an ISIS advance it is considered as air support

      • Terra Cotta Woolpuller

        All the times the US did support was by using false coordinates and they have been caught out by their allies for lying on this issue. This nonsense goes back decades so nothing new about the US and they need to clarify it’s only them so as not to get a report like the one the Aussies did.

    • PeakyBlinder

      The Kurds seemed to have decided to fall back on Afrin and make a last stand. If this site is to be beloved, then they are not even defending half of these towns. It seems like the Kurds are pulling most forces back and leaving a few troops to delay the enemy advance as long as possible (not doing that well). When the Turkish forces get to Afrin, 1 of 2 things s going to happen. 1, Afrin will fall within a few days and it will be easy. Or 2, Afrin will fall after weeks or months of urban combat and high casualties on both sides. If I had to guess, I would guess that option 2 of a prolonged and bloody fight is more likely. But yeah, over the next week or two the Kurds will continue to pull back and give up large chunks of land. If I were the kurds, from a military strategy standpoint, I would give up the whole region. Pull out, and save your troops to fight another day. Let Assad and Turkey figure out what to do with Afrin now.

      • Rob

        Erdogan says that the US backed SDF, YPG are terrorists. SDF, YPG have already lost 3000+ fighters. I don’t wish that anybody die but SDF, YPG are so smart.

    • Maxime St-Jacques Canada

      ISIS was good at what ? The whole oeuvra ?

  • Hulusi Akar

    is this a joke? They marked hatay as occupation.

    • mhtsaropinigitakis

      welcome to the world out of your box…yes is this news to you? anhioch and the whole area is occupied by turkey and renamed to hatay many dacedes now..

      • Moshe Dummstein

        it was a plebiscite held in 1938. it was not occupied. Get your facts straight.

        • mhtsaropinigitakis

          a staged one…so it is occupied and must be return to Syria…get your facts straight.

          • Moshe Dummstein

            I wouldn’t get any facts from a greek boy who can maintain his living out of my pocket. Eeed a couple more euros for lunch?

          • mhtsaropinigitakis

            i bet your yearly salary is smaller than my monthly lol…you cant even imagine

  • Rob

    Safety first: Erdogan does not want any new state of US, NATO proxies close to Turkey with in 1000 km. If US and NATO create their proxy state near Turkey then Turkey will dismantle it, as Turkey is doing now in Syria and Iraq. If US wanna create these new states on their own land then Turkey have no problem but not in Middle East.
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    • cfelix cfelix

      Erdogan has no problem with ISIS at his borders (his buddies). Erdogan is going down the Hitler road. The funny thing is that NATO bombed Milosevoc back to the stone age and will do nothing against this butcher.

      • Rob

        Syria: It is the work of the Holy Spirit to make nations united, it is the work of the Satan to divide nations. Without unity we are discouraged and plagued with enemies we cannot discern. Everyone is not equipped to deal with these subtle foes.

        • cfelix cfelix

          So Hitler who ‘united’ nations, as did Jenkings Khan and the various SUltans were God’s reps?

      • Rob

        That was before. Now Erdogan has divorced US and NATO countries and has joined Russia and China. If Erdogan was with US then he could not engaged with SDF, YPG etc.

        • cfelix cfelix

          In english, ‘defend’ is what you do when YOU are attacked, not when you ATTACK!

  • Rob

    We know Washington regime invaded Japan with nukes, Vietnam, Iraq, Afghanistan, Syria, Libya, Yemen, Yugoslavia, etc and now want to invade more countries. The Washington regime has any other business are just invading other countries is their only business. Washington regimes are evils and are against humans and need to be completely eliminated from this world,.

  • Rob

    The regime in Washington is a part of all problems in the world. They killing civilians by their own proxies and when the nation of a country resist then Washington label them terrorists, sanction them, accuse them for CW or WMD etc to directly invade these countries and occupy their lands. For example Palestine, Iraq, Syria, Yemen, Libya, Egypt, Afghanistan, Pakistan, India and so on.

    Indeed Washington is it self a headquarter of all terrorist groups from where regime arms and finance different terrorist groups in the world. For example Israel, ISIS Daesh, Al-Qaeda HTS, FSA, SDF, YPG, Kurds and so on. Russia could use nuclear bombs against these terrorist groups otherwise these terrorist groups will destroy whole lives in these countries.
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  • Rob

    Safety first: If Turkey, Lebanon, Jordan and Egypt want to honour and liberate Palestine then first of all they need to kick out all Israeli nationals including Israeli spies, diplomats from their own countries. Israel is a terrorist state of illegal European migrants. Therefore, they should choose one country either Palestine or Israel.
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  • abuqahwa

    The map is Turkish and not accurate. My information is that the forward positions of TSK/FSAT lead elements of Faylaq ash-Sham run roughly west of the line Sheikh abu Rahman – K’ankoork (junction of Route 217) – Tel Hemu – Quraya – Jalamah, the last occupied just 12 hours ago and is on the left (south) bank of the Afrin river. The city of Jandeeris was abandoned and fell without a fight. Why the YPG seems incapable or unwilling to mount a delaying defense is a mystery. We have known for at least a year that Afrin Kurds would be attacked yet it seems the YPG has failed to prepare. They are finished.

  • russ

    Where’s the YPG’s manpads? Turkey served them a helicopter on a silver platter.

    • Terra Cotta Woolpuller

      They never had them that was a NATO art of war tactic and the info was dropped by a US spox not a Kurd spox in a US backed Kurd paper in Ain al Arabi (Kobane).

      • russ

        It sure would be a good time to have them… Erdywan sure would be gobbling like a…. turkey.

        • Tasos

          i was watching an interesting video the other day where a turkish leopard was trying to kill 3 kurds with its main gun . Kurds anfortunetly are unequipped to face this battle , they will only stand a chance inside the towns but with afrin surrounded it will either be a slawter or a total serrender. personly i will be happy to see many many turkish soldiers dead..

          • russ

            The Russian Kornet AT missile sure brought the Israelis to find God in Lebanon in 2007. The Kurds did bring this on themselves, first by trusting us, and second to get out from under the Syrian umbrella.

          • Mustafa Mehmet

            Crazy Greek idiot

  • Rasoul Behravesh

    Turkey must be ashamed about its progress in Afrin. It’s about 50 days that people of Afrin resist against one the most equipped TERRORIST countries. Turkey does the same as they did against Armenians. It’s the real face of Turks, they are brutal and cruel. Anyway, I will see the day that we take the revenge of our innocent people from wild Turks.

    • Mustafa Mehmet

      Moron you can try. idiot Armenians terorist

  • Anthony Paul Mapes

    Not surprised the TAF and its allies are making large strides now. I said months ago when there operations started it would take them a few weeks to capture strategic hill defencive sights, that happened to be correct.
    But when you get into the more open areas then the hardware factor becomes irreconcilable, whilst I strongly stand by infantry tactics against armoured units in built up and hilly terrain in the plains vehicles rain king. One huge problem I can see is when it comes to taking the provisional capital is there greatest asset is of little use, western media like to decry the suffering of ghouta and allepo however I think Afrin will be a true slaughter, especially when you know which SFA groups will storm the place!

  • Maxime St-Jacques Canada

    This is the Afrin AREA that has been undertaken by Turkish forces not only the Afrin city..!