Overview Of Military Situation In Afrin On March 19, 2018 (Photos)

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Late on March 18, a booby-trapped bomb exploded in the Syrian city of Afrin killing at least 11 people, according to pro-Turkish sources. Following the incident, the Turkish-backed Free Syrian Army (FSA) accused the Kurdish People’s Protectino Units (YPG) of plating the bomb.

Earler the Kurdish leadership in Afrin [in exile] announced that the YPG would shift its strategy from a direct confrontation with Turkish forces to a guerrilla warfare.

Turkey’s presidential spokesman Ibrahim Kalin announced that “there is still work to do” in Afrin, according to Sky News.

“Afrin is a big area with several thousand people living there,” he said. “We are providing aid and we want to make sure that, especially inside the cities and in the houses, there are no mines, no traps.”

“So, there will be work to do in days to come but, at the same time, we will continue to provide humanitarian aid and also work with the locals to make sure they govern themselves – that their needs are provided.”

On March 19, reports appeared that the FSA attaked YPG positions west of the city of al-Bab in northern Aleppo. However, no real advance was reported in the area.

The TAF and the FSA are now working to secure the recently captured areas in Afrin and to crack down YPG cells remaining there.

Currently, one of the most important issues is the status of the town of Tell Rifaat, north of Aleppo. The town is formally controlled by the YPG. However, Syrian government forces had reportedly got coontrol over checkpoints near it. If the YPG does not had over the town to the Syrian Army formally. The FSA and the TAF may use this fact as a pretext to attack it.

FSA members are looting the city of Afrin:

Overview Of Military Situation In Afrin On March 19, 2018 (Photos)

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  • Michał Hunicz

    I would like to tell you some meme with dutchnational, but I have no idea about it. :D

    • Julian Clegg

      What?

      • Michał Hunicz

        You don’t understand? I don’t bother.

    • You can call me Al

      Their is this bloke called Dutch National
      Who thought being naïve, was fashionable
      Day by day, his heroes died
      He ended up on the floor and for hours he cried.

      The Kurdish heroes are now very few
      Dutch National needed to go off and spew
      He hoped and hoped it was all a mistake
      But I wonder still, did he know he was fake

      Many a day, he came and came
      Spewed the Kurdish drivel again and again
      Then one day he vanished from sight
      Because everyone knows the Kurdish cant fight.

  • χρηστος

    a proud army of looters…..they are even stealing goats……(i hope they have fun with them instead f raping poor women and children)…….well done Turkey…..like ISIS, HTS etc…..you have brought the middle ages to the middle east…..

    • Blackfield18

      Ghanimah(war booty) is halal in Islam as it is one of primary benefits of Jihad

      • Feudalism Victory

        Indeed it is. Good to know.

      • Johan

        The only” religion” who is asking his 20% part of the war loot, in materials, persons, sex, and land. The religion off eace you know!

      • χρηστος

        maybe true…..i dont know but i beleive you are right…anyway this is 2017 not 1917….there are rules, Geneva convention for example etc…..

      • Lealeo

        Hey, Indonesian, Which jihad is it? It’s jewhad!

    • Kuvayi-Milliye

      TAF should stop the FSA looting the City. Western leftist-media loves the pictures of looting FSA members. They can use it for their Propaganda against Türkiye.

      • Johan

        Use it, no it proves where Turkey stand for and stood for in their genocides in Greece, cyprus, Bulgary, Greece, now Afrin and Armeny, the beast is showing his colors.

        • Kuvayi-Milliye

          Oh great, lets talk about genocide. What about the Greek genicide on Turks in Rhodes, Kreta or in Thrakia ? What about the Greek-Cyprus genocide on Turks in Cyprus where Nationalist greek cypriots started to kill even Turkish children like beasts. By the way. My father was 1974 soldier in reserve in Iskenderun ready to invade in Cyprus in case the Operation get failed. Our troops prevented a massacre in Cyprus.
          What about Bulgarian genocide on Turks between 1912-1918. What about the Armenian genocide on Turks in Erzurum by the Nationalist Dashnak Party. So shut up and read books before writing crap here.

          • Feudalism Victory

            Funny how that happens after you stomp into peoples home and try to take it.

          • Kuvayi-Milliye

            You can not argue like that. Home is not static, home changes. look into human history. By the way, can you read ??

          • Erkin Aydemir

            Don’t bother to reply to them.

          • Johan

            Ok I understand you are not enlightment in islam countries, and you had no notion of rhetorica, reasoning and rational thinking is only allowed if it is strengthening the koran , but even you should understand that “answering” on a real proven (and mondial accepted ) accusation by use of fictive pseudo atrocities not is acceptable as argument. Even in the event that this claims would be correct that they can not be regarded as an legitimation for the first mentioned accusation. But this might be a bridge to far for you, only to say your claim is rubbish. But in a country rulled by a person who sees thinking as performing terrorisme I would be very carefull you risk to be locked up, anyway everybody risks to be locked up in Turkey.
            Afer remarks off Macron concerning the enormous amount off journalists locked up in Turkey Erdoclown argumented befor the press:
            Terror doesn’t form by itself. Terror and terrorists have gardeners. These gardeners are those people viewed as thinkers. They water … from their columns on newspapers. And one day, you find, these people show up as a terrorist in front of you.” A great tought he Erdogan had , maybe i became thinking this the terrorist he is.

          • Kuvayi-Milliye

            You understood nothing mate. Very funny. Ok, the Bridge is far from me, but I can see the Bridge in contrast to you. You can see nothing. I am always open for discussions to Change arguments to recover historic Facts. But you have a static opinion because of your hate against Turks. I dont know what Turks did to you, but it must hurt you extremly. Thats the difference between us. That the reason why you cannot and you will never see the Bridge.

          • Johan

            Wrong, I love the part off intelligent Turks, who studied, who dare to think, who dare to critic the new would be sultan and his idioterie, the people who stand up against the tirany, who are not commiting incest and sexuale abusse, who are against the murder of the freedom of speech, who want that also presidents and premiers have to stand for court, who are against women suppression and juridical freedom for rapers, who are againstan lieing iman without any degree pretending to be an economist while helping a great country to hell. But I hate the sheeps and retarded who submissive run after the big bully. And about the bridge, as I explained I am already over her while you only can see her.

          • Kuvayi-Milliye

            As a secular Turk I would put my sign under your Statement. But if you think Kemalists are sheeps running after Erdogan, means you are not over the Bridge it means you are dreaming you are over the Bridge.

        • Luna

          Nowadays genocide became a cheap word in the mouths of bigots like you feeding from leftist crap and MSM.

          • Johan

            For bigots as yourself everything that rest are words, cheap words, as you illustrate constantly .

          • Luna

            Cheap words, baseless accusations lacking evidence , exaggeration , bigotry seem to be your field of expertise rather than mine.

            People like you , creating imaginery genocides each and everyday out of their worthless azz strangely do not have a word to say about 4,5-5 million muslims displaced or disappeared from Balkans , evaporation of muslim population of Crete and scorched earth policy of Greek army while retreating from Asia Minor. And when you are reminded about these , you revert with some BS about ‘rational thinking’ and with some religious dogmas.

            Strange times we are living in, arent we ? So called European socialist , white supremacists , eurocentrics and parasites are all walking on the same fine line nowadays and you all look like each other from distance.

          • Johan

            That is what you get when bad is realy bad, that all people regardless their opinion, recognize the real beast among them. That is what you tray to promote: religious dogma’s who result in an 1400 year attack on the peacefull world and less peacefull brother/sister-murder. Do you still wonder why nobody likes Your Sultan-iman and what he stands for?

          • Luna

            ‘’Kill them all , God will know his own ‘’ , by Abbot Arnaud Amalric, just before Massacre at Beziers..

            This is your ‘peacefull world’’

            We also saw that ‘’Peacefull World ‘’ of yours when Francisco Pizarro wiped all Inca population after Atahualpa threw bible on the ground. We saw it in blankets infested with small pox virus you gave to American natives and cleansed entire Cherokee population , we saw it with Dutch slave pushers who shipped hundreds of housands of Africans from Ghana to Sugar plantations in Caribs, we saw with the Indians tied in front of cannons by the British , and the opium trade they ran in China. We saw it in Indochina with French,we saw it with German colonializm in Tanzania Namibia beginning of 20th century, and Human Zoos of Belgium

            We still see that peacefull World of your with Belgians still trying to sell ivory tusks on ebay looted by their grandpops from Congo , while Statue of King Leopold II still stands tall in Boulevard du Regent , Brussels.

            While you try to push Macron as a defender of free speech , French foreign Legion is presently running at least 4-5 ops in Africa and 13 African colonies still being forced to pay colonial tax to France ‘honoring’ poisoned legacy of France all around Africa .

            That is your peacefull World. That is your christianity , full of massacres , genocides , extortions , murders , attrocities ..

          • Johan

            mention an religios , milenium long enforced hate to ; what you call unbelievers and less important believers, and you tray to counter these finding by use of a few separate examples that have been ripped out of context. Not realy a honest way of discussing. Looks like a Luna argumentation. And about the crusaders, that was legitimate self defence, not even a great military action and a rather chaotic one, but lng very long. And well enough to make muslims know that there are boarders, that their God can’t make them win always, bring dought in the fairy tail that : If you realy believe Allah will give you ways victory. The end off the great greedy grap of land, the start off decline, the end off endless robberies, stolen wealth, stolen science and stolen people, valuable people, and very important the message that you can stop islam! I do see bought sides but I dare to question what is the pernicious religious message: kill in the name and with the blessing of God, give as an religious order the last 1400 year and temporary human greed and idiotic bewilderment. And then muslims are forced in an continues and mondiale hate and conquest of non-believers, while we make human mistakes. A second difference is that we learn from or mistakes, accept them and tray to adjust them, muslim have no selfreflection, they can not accept they and islam makes falts. This is the reason we dare question ore history, believe, God, this is why white people question themself and are been questioned and and why muslims even can not reject their religion.

      • Johan

        If it was not the nature off islam we could not use it, could we? So ones more you can not hide you true inhumanity.

        • Kuvayi-Milliye

          Where is the link between looting and Islam ? Please explain !!!! Your hate against the politic Islam made you blind.

          • Feudalism Victory

            Its in the koran

          • Kuvayi-Milliye

            where in the koran exactly ? retarded moron, only Propaganda.

          • Terra Cotta Woolpuller

            They teach this in Salafi and Wahhabi teachings which is not part of the Koran , so please correct yourself as this is also taught in the bible to take war booty and pay tribute to the church.

          • Johan

            Lets take the live off what you call your profeet, this is your own history: in the last 9 years off his live mohammed started “33 thirdthy three wars” against peacefull naibor who did NOT want to become muslims. He killed, murdered , slaughtered, raped, enslaved and burnt women, childeren elderly and men. Besides he destroyed hunderds off villages and caravans. And to show the greed off his God he claims for this God 20% off the war-booty in people, slaves, values and land. As start for the religion off peace this was some entrée in history, as we can see nothing has changed since then, under Islamic State or under the Turks. If you do not know these facts pleace read your own accursed history. I can mention you all 33 wars and I think you will not dare to deny the islamic jizya.

          • Kuvayi-Milliye

            I am not defenting the Prophet, but saying “peacefull neighbours” is a punch in the face of all historian. I have nothing to add. You are a typical Islamophob. Please Keep your radical Christian view of the world for your own and dont bother others.

          • Johan

            There is not much to defend, if you are half the historian you claim to be you would know that the whole convertion by islam an invasion was and is off small peacefull people by an overwhelming vast army off loters and criminals, because their is promissed the victory. And by definition the small villiges are not the agressor, they are peacefull and not willing to challeng the beast. Or do you realy think that the conquering of the North off Africa was an honorable conquest. There lived only farmers in small villages who had to be killed and suppressed. Claiming wealth or science that is stolen from others by rape and murder all over the world, make the thiefs multiple criminals ; thiefs, murders, rapes, mutulators and….cheaters. And this is not an exclusive Christian vieuw.

          • Kuvayi-Milliye

            When you talk about conqueror, what about the crusader ? Were they Hippies preaching love and not war ? Who were the crusader, where they came from ? Good to talk about North Africa. What did France in Algeria in the 60´s ???? You see, History was never a one-way road. But the Problem is, you dont have the ability to see the two sides of a medal.

          • Johan

            I mention an religios , milenium long enforced hate to ; what you call unbelievers and less mportant believers and you tray to counter these finding by use of

          • Kuvayi-Milliye

            and the lack of self reflection disqualifies you as a serious comment participant. Sad, but this is fact.

      • PeakyBlinder

        I mean, yeah the west complains about some of the stuff Turkey is doing, but overall the west likes Turkey. Not sure why you think there is propaganda against Turkey. You make it sounds as if the west has come together to run a political campaign against Turkey, which is not true. Turkey is a valued NATO member.

        • Julian Clegg

          NATO values Turkey but it doesn’t value the corrupt dictator Erdogan.

        • Kuvayi-Milliye

          Some stuff ? Oh no, the west complains all the time about everything what Türkiye does. And I beleive that there is a campaign against Türkiye, for sure. Look into the press in the west yesterday. YPG is the good guy, TAF-FSA is the bad guy. No words, that YPG used civilians as human shields against TAF. Or that they forced arabs and turkmens to leave afrin, orr that YPG is linked with the fucking terrorists from the pkk. We saw only FSA member looting stores in the first page. The western media and left politicians tries to manipulate the opinion of the People in the west. It is not a coincidence that this media always tries Türkiye to move close to ISIS. I dont care about Erdogan. I didnt vote for him. But here the future of Türkiye is in stake. And a I have great doubts that Nato values Türkiye.

      • χρηστος

        dont you think its too late now?strict orders should be given to troops before the start of the fight……how to treat prisoners, civilians and especially not to loot…..a total disgrace

    • Johan

      I had a hard time to see the difference between the goat and the loters, now I understand why Erdogan has such a strange sexuale appetit, there is hardly a difference.

      • χρηστος

        :))))

    • Hide Behind

      in most of Syria the ages stopped during the middle ages of the Eastern
      EuroCentrics.

      • χρηστος

        why do you say that?check pre war photos of SYria…..a very beautiful country….

  • 5commando

    Kurds doing what they do best- running away!

    These commies and their horse-faced female ‘soldiers’ are the most ineffective faction of the entire war.

    Rather than disarm and allow Damascus to resume authority in Afrin, they talked tough and threatened to destroy the Turkish invaders, but they went down faster than a drunken prom date. Now they have nothing, and the remaining Kurds will be forced to lick the Turkish boots.

    YPG/YPJ only exists to be defeated, hand Syrian territory over to Turkey, and provide a pretext for US presence on Syrian soil. They’re worse than useless!

    • russ

      excellent take on this especially this, “YPG/YPJ only exists to be defeated, hand Syrian territory over to
      Turkey, and provide a pretext for US presence on Syrian soil. They’re
      worse than useless!”… That was the purpose of Turkey’s invasion.

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      • Merijn

        How long is Turkey planning to stay by the way? I suppose they’ll leave after they done their clean up right? Or had they a New Golan Heights in mind….

    • That Guy

      So true, they’re doing whatever is against Syria.

    • How does this screed justify the Ottoman occupation of Idlib?

      • 5commando

        There isn’t any justification. I hope Idlib can be cleaned out- at least the greater part of it- and returned to Syrian control, but unfortunately, it looks like it’s going to evolve into a seperate state.

        • There’s a r4t in separate. Tom Sawyer.

        • Merijn

          If Syrian Ground isn’t returned to Syria…isn’t it better to quit with the United Nations? Because it will instantly become a Useless Institution with no credibility whatsoever (for as far as it ever was useful anyway…only serving their Masters)

    • Terra Cotta Woolpuller

      These are all Turkey backed Mercenaries the T(False)SA looting and pillaging like Turk mercenaries do, as the T(False)SA is nothing but Turks and mercs pretending to be Syrians.

  • Ivanus59

    SAA should not wait for the Turks to capture Tal Rifaat, if the Kurdinos won’t hand it over peacefully then SAA should take it from them by force. Looking at how weak the YPG actually is, SAA should have no problem with them, just fire a few rounds in their general direction and Kurds will drop their weapons and run away.

    • Feudalism Victory

      Retreat to manbij

  • Feudalism Victory

    Lets hope the Turks and their fifth column govern wisely and dont start any more genocides. Maybe hell follow hitlers lead and attack russia.
    In 6 years istanbul will become constantinople.

    • Kuvayi-Milliye

      I wonder how many retarded hillbillys without any knowlegde of international politics are writing here. You should be happy not to lose Athen or Thessaloniki (Selanik) instead of capturing Istanbul back.

      • Luna

        That was rich. Hillbillies giving advices to 2000 year old Turkish Army.

        • Feudalism Victory

          History is long

        • 5commando

          “2000 year old Turkish army”… LOL, good one

          • Luna

            You liked it ?

            ”The first orderly and disciplined formation of the Turkish Army dates back to 209 BCE,”

            http://www.tsk.tr/AboutTaf/History

          • 5commando

            Roman legions didn’t know ’bout Turkish Wakanda

          • Luna

            They had to chance to learn in 1071 AD , dear.

            https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Battle_of_Manzikert

            If I were you I would comment less and read more history instead of Marvel Comics. Start with the ones with simple pictures for easy comprehension.

          • 5commando

            I know plenty of actual history. You failed to get the Wakanda joke- I forgive you. But I’ll give you a hint.

            I have no problem with Turks, or Turkey, for the most part; it’s a strong nation with a storied history and a long military tradition… but this pan-Turkism is pretty funny. Nothing particularly exclusive to the Turks though, many peoples with strong military traditions are fond of being a bit too liberal when it comes to aggrandizing glories of the past, to the point of bending truths or outright stealing the glories of other people. The British, French, Germans, Greeks and Italians immediately come to mind, and don’t know where to draw the line between ‘modern nation-state’, ‘classical civilisation’, or ‘ancient tribes/city-states’.

            Many of you Turks suffer this same problem, some of you go so far as to claim Mongols as one of your own.

            Turks: We Wuz Khans ‘n sh!t. From fvckin’ Eurasia ‘n sh!t

            Now maybe you know ’bout the Turkish Wakanda!

          • Luna

            Sorry man , it was Mr Hyde – Not me.
            This place sometimes unleashes him , and he is hard to control.

      • Feudalism Victory

        Just rejoining the greek empire

        • Kuvayi-Milliye

          Maybe on your computer by playing “Age of Empire”

  • Johan

    Did you see one supporter for Turkey welcoming the beasts?
    No. Turkish terrorists in uniform stand on the side waving their barbaric flag. And now the looting , burning is started as expected trucks, bicycles, tractors, dust bins everything is good for the Turkish thiefs. Even the red cressent is looting and killing, kurds ask for the objective red cross. And look the spirit off Erdogan is clear and pressemt in Turkey: Public debate in Turkey post-Afrin: “There are plenty of traitors” – Qantara.de

    Verbal attacks, death threats and hate speech are an increasingly common feature of public discourse in Turkey. And many think that this mix of nationalistic, pseudo-religious and discriminatory rhetoric is being stoked by the government. By Ceyda Nurtsch

    • Christos Pratis

      Turkey like to steel everything from foreingh lands to flag sympols (crecent and star is ancient greek sympol from Byzantium colony of Megara city…

    • Terra Cotta Woolpuller

      This is how Salafi and Wahhabi teachings infect a religion not much different than some Christian religions.

  • Hide Behind

    Sorry folks, you can ply crocodile teas and pretend to be offended by the actions of Turkey allies, bd bodies for food and $ut W T F is difference between those sub humans and the white skinned nations stealing millions of acres and resources of Syria’s land?
    Only at the level of theft!
    The US occupation troop looted the hell out of both Iraqi poor and carted off 90 billions of Iraq Bank notes, the GI door kickers ransacked peoples houses, raped young girls, or starved older ones who then sold their bodies for food and $5 USD’s.
    Even ancient relics of Iraq past were stolen to then reappear at allies museums or in private collector hands.
    Once American Brit French troop found out each Iraq home had jewelry, money and gold, hidden in walls, door kicking became no more than a looting expedition.
    PERSONAL NOTE:
    FT. LEWIS WASHINGTON.
    As ex military, Viet era, I became acquainted with many a returning military from both Iraq and Afghanistan, and spent time at NCO and Officer club drinking bragging bashes; the stories told and laughs about them showed how truly ingrained the depravity of US
    military men is.
    Invited to dinner at a senior NCO home case in point: E-8 and E- 9 are kings in military, pay is damn near level of minor corporate executives with more tax free than them and they get great newest family housing on base.
    Three lower ranking and my self included invited to dine.
    First thing on entering I see a 4’x4′ 3″ wide solid gold framed mirror and gold chandelier. Front room another gold and crystal chandelier with precious stones.
    We ate off of gold plated dishes , gold rimmed crystal glasses, and I could not tell if solid or plated gold dinnerware.
    NCO wife proud as peacock to show off pics of kids in gold and silver frames.
    As she did I watcher hands and notice the bracelets and few rings she wore.
    After dinner men went outside and she served drinks.
    When she handed me my Scotch, I could not help but remember Lady McBeth truing to wash out the blood guilt of hands.
    I to this day wonder if her husband cut ring off dead Iraqii woman or just ripped them off an “accidentally shot” woman.
    Men, male animals , actually sit and brag of theft and autrocitys of which shooting unarmed men, women, old and children on a bet or just fun of killing.
    War is hell, if you lose, but damned lucrative if you win.
    An US military man at heart is no damned different than jihadist f head, except one the jihadist use religion and the Americans use excuse of being an American to loosen and excuse their depravity.

    • Johan

      Ooo that is the justification for a whole army, that claims to have made no civilian victimes, to loot, rob, rape and kill innocent overcome civilians. What an hero’s against women, childern elderly, that Turks army

      • Hide Behind

        Justification?
        OH there have been, especially in the EuroCentric nations and UN, lots of talk of just wars, but in reality it is war just to make war, and all those not in actual combat agree because they too are rewarded.
        There is violence for violence sake today, US found many willing partners throughout this world who gladly tortured the victims US sent them, and the dumb ass American populace “justified” the practice.
        There too was a financial reward for an insanity of inhumanity of the he masses.
        I do not justify any such actions against a helpless society, but I do know that militarism keeps alive the urges of lowest order of depravity alive, in order to instill fear both by enemies today within any who oppose militarism by their own nationalities.
        Compassion is not a true sign of the mind of humans, ethics now being of convenience not natural roots of survival. But more an easy out by cowards afraid they may themselves may have to face violence if they protest.

  • Hell Sing

    The YGP are worthless cowards without single once of fortitude to hold ground. Now that the Turks know they will only run, its going to be a blitz krieg fron this point on, and there won’t be a place occupied by yhe YPG in the Northern part of Syria.