SDF Considers “Sending More Military Forces” To Combat Turkish Army In Afrin

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The US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) are “looking at the possibility of sending more military forces to Afrin,” according to the SDF’s spokesman Kino Gabriel.

The spokesman also called on the international community to take measures to end the Turkish operation against Kurdish militias in the area.

The Turkish Armed Forces (TAF) launched a military opeartion in Afrin on January 20. Since then, the TAF and its allies from the Free Syrian Army had made a seires of advances and captured multiple positions from YPG/YPJ. Ankara sees YPG and YPJ as terrorist groups linked to the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) that is involved in an active insurgency campaign against the Turkish state.

The Kurdish-dominated SDF [YPG and YPJ are its core] see the Turkish operation in Afrin as a direct threat to its separatist intentions. This is why the group sent reinforcements to Afrin area ahead of the start of Turkey’s Operation Olive Branch.

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  • Barba_Papa

    Of course, they can only send reinforcements to Afrin if they ask Assad nicely.

    • dutchnational

      Correct. On the other hand, he allowed earlier reinforcements and would dearly love to see TSK huniliated by not being able to take the region rapidly and only then with huge lossess.

      If the YPG/SDF will be able to inflict large lossess on TFSA, he would be able to take Idlib much easier when a lot of islamists there are fighting in the north. The Aleppo scenario of late 2016.

      He might even throw in some equipment too, as encouragement one might say.

    • Graeme Rymill

      Perhaps they already have:
      “According to residents from the government-held town of Al-Zahra’a in northern Aleppo, Kurdish reinforcements are still moving through government lines to reach the Afrin Canton”

      https://www.almasdarnews.com/article/kurdish-reinforcements-still-moving-government-lines-afrin/

    • Solomon Krupacek

      already allowed

  • hhabana

    Beautiful! I can’t imagine a better scenario than Turks and Kurds killing each other. Miracles DO happen!

    Go Assad!!!

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  • s Slippy

    Yeah consider sending reinforcements after the attack has already begun and the Turks have broken through your defence that would surely save you the war…..

    Fucking clowns….

  • Douglas Houck

    If at this point you are only “looking at the possibility of sending more military forces to Afrin,”, it means most likely you won’t do it. Such an announcement is not going to make Turkey pause.

    • Terra Cotta Woolpuller

      Well reinforcements have already passed through SAA territory on their way Ifrin. The SDF are looking at sending more if those they haven’t sent and those preparing to leave arrive and alter the course.

      • Douglas Houck

        I see that, from the Aleppo area. Better hurry.

        • Terra Cotta Woolpuller

          Believe the first group sent days ago was 900, and subsequent groups similar and having heavy weapons arriving too. So far the Baysra mountains are captured and the back forth that was Shenkal was secured. Find one can never trust Turkish media surprisingly they present the story as ISIS/Daesh do.

          • Douglas Houck

            Noticed that also. Strange goings on. Turkey has coordinated their actions with both the Russians and the Americans and I’m not exactly sure what the end game is. Erdogan is saying his troops will “soon” finalize the operation in Syria’s Afrin??? and his PM saying the operation will entail four phases.
            http://tass.com/world/986147
            http://tass.com/world/986133

            Doesn’t appear that Turkey has the experience in fighting these types of skirmishes. Will be interesting to see how it all unfolds.

          • Terra Cotta Woolpuller

            Turkey is trying to save the NATO proxies of Al Qaeda/ISIS even the FSA are part of this cabal.

  • Hrky75

    Best case scenario – Kurds and Turks get bogged down in WW1 stile trench warfare. Assad and Russia in turn supply both sides until these bleed each other dry. Turks concentrate on Afrin and put supplying Idlib rats on back burner. SAA liberates Syrian sovereign territory once it takes care of Idlib. A dream? Maybe! But what a dream…

    • Bill Wilson

      What? The Kurds in Afrin ran off the rebel groups and assisted the SAA in regaining control of Aleppo along with land around it. The Syrian Kurds and Druze are taking a wait & see position as this war winds down. The Druze are lucky since nobody is bothering them. The Kurds have to deal with ISIS, opposition groups and now the Turks.

      • MichaH

        Wait and see? Their alliance with the USA, preparing to build a seperate defacto state in east Syria, to secure the american demand for more unlawfull seized ground for more military bases, just to stay and never leave after their try of changing the regime has failed.

        I agree that the kurds are not the enemy of the syrian state, but they allow the US to play them in their game, that was a big mistake.

        Would you agree my friend?

        • Bill Wilson

          No. The US has been providing the Kurds with assistance to drive out ISIS and other Islamic extremists because Assad was uncapable of doing that and still won’t be able to for quite some time. I seriously doubt if anyone is interested in having a state of their own in Eastern Syria. Isn’t much there except some small gas fields and several large fields of a very low grade sour heavy crude (4% sulfur, 50% waste asphalt, little gasoline and lubricating oils, shitload of kerosene and naptha). Before the fighting started 25% of Syria’s natural gas production was injected into those wells to force the crap out. Those fields have been out of production for awhile due to Coalition bombing of the NG pumping stations and collection terminals (tank farms). All that will be costly to repair plus there’s no market for that crude nor any way to get it out since the pipeline runs to the coast.

          • George King

            Kurdistan to exist is surrounded by (landlocked) nation states that consider them terrorist and have already declared no new Israel in the ME and that includes a proxy state of Kurdistan. Kurdistan would need a Mediterranean coast opening, that is the value in question of the NW. There will be no Rojava in Afrin Syria under any circumstances.

          • dutchnational

            Correct. Imo the true value of the region is its agriculture and dams/electricity/irrigation systems. Small industry could also be valuable.

      • Hrky75

        US and local paid Kurdish lackeys are promising Afrin’s Kurds independent Rojava. And that my friend is both a lie and a geopolitical impossibility as we have seen last year in Iraq. US knows that, Kurdish “leaders” know that and most people following Syrian tragedy know that. So why did Rex Tillerson pompously announced creation of semi independent Kurdish led “alternative Syria” with 30.000 US armed “border guards”? Well you can hardly keep US troops illegally in north Syria, on a samaritan intervention/IS fighting mission without ISIL and some kind of war as a cover. So you place gullible Kurds in front of Turkish tanks and preach refrain while supporting “legitimate Turkish security concerns in Afrin” on one hand and arming Kurds on the other. I’m afraid that it will take few thousand dead before Kurds understand they are being played by both their “US friends” and their “leaders”…

        • Bill Wilson

          I sure that Assad is glad that the US is writing SDF paychecks and providing a wide range of assistance since he can’t nor would be able to get the funds from Iran without giving up more of the store. Russia doesn’t mind it either since they’re already spending too much to ensure keeping control of their naval bases. The two are obligated to badmouth the US to appease the Arab Street and Iranians.

      • Ronald

        Afrin Kurds haven’t had ISIS to deal with since Aleppo was liberated , and they did help with that , but then foolishly refused permission for the SAA to enter . At that moment they became traitors to Syria . The Druze on the other hand are loyal and helping SAA along the southern border .

    • Solomon Krupacek

      dont dream

    • gold37

      The Kurds in Afrin will give up their dream and go back under Damascus administration, long story short, the only reason the supply route is open through Aleppo is because they sort of helped SAA when Nubl and Al-Zahra were under siege.

  • MH370

    no they will not. just a word. afrin is nothing. expendable. they got everything they want Eastern Euphrates.

    • David Pryce

      We both now the turds are not a country and have occupied Syrian oil fields and land
      There calling for international communities help now
      Russia would have got them a deal but they are greedy and are going to die

    • Tudor Miron

      If you think that they will be allowed to create a US/Israel puppet state insyde Syria than let me dissapoint you :) For those who like to dream – Erdogan is here to teach some loyalty lessons. Surely SDF on Eastern bank of Euphrates is also in the Turkey’s target list. I’ll say it again – give up grabbed lands to legitimate government of your homestate Syria and than enjoy support from SAA and it’s allies Russia and Iran. Hoping that US will suddenly change and stop betraing their “allies” (in reality – lapdogs) only shows stupidity of those Kurds that hope that they can loot Syria under cover of uncle Sam.

      • Solomon Krupacek

        I’ll say it again – give up grabbed lands to legitimate government of your homestate

        you, ruskie bastard, you should agitate not here, bat in your homeland moldavia between dnester rats.

        • matt

          you are a little pathetic shlomo, why don’t you use arguments instead of using foul language?

          • Solomon Krupacek

            english is stupid language

            tudor miron is soldier of illegal podnyester republic in moldavia. he es soldier of moscows interests. he does against moldavia the same thing, what hates at kurds.

      • matt

        a very simplified look on rojava, and not true

  • David Pryce

    Oh they want international communities help now because the yanks won’t back them…
    U fucked up should have joined a real coalition of the winning not the US who have no intention of dying for you fools
    Give Putin a call and fast

    • Solomon Krupacek

      russian help ….

      • Terra Cotta Woolpuller

        No SAA on the ground and that would mean that Turkey would have to halt if they don’t the world would see the illegitimacy of the NATO coalition. Just think at how the Russians played this in order to destroy the coalition of the handful of the willing.

  • kraaiiii

    the can send all the want the don’t stand a chance, no heavy weapons except the few the took from ISIS and no air support.

  • χρηστος

    send from where?no corridor for that…..

    • Solomon Krupacek

      though saa controlled territory

      • χρηστος

        will SAA let them you think?Turkey is supposed to be an ally of Russia in SYria…..and ‘maybe’ an ally of SAA…..it depends…..they hate Assad, and Assad hates them back…..but they sit on the same table because of Russia……so maybe you are right….SAA will have to gain from Kurds fighting FSA-Turkey….on the other hand…is it worth it for the Kurds?they have no interest in that area….i think they dont have Kurds there…civilians….so ….what will their strategy be?a true puzzle

        • Solomon Krupacek

          already happening. saa is against russias deals with iran and turkey.

  • That Guy

    Now the SAA and its allies should grab some popcorn and enjoy the fireworks which are going to happen in Afrin while allowing some SDF fighters to go to that meat grinder.

    Yet still, if the SDF and Turkey decide to team up against the SAA, this would be a very bad situation for the SAA.

    • Terra Cotta Woolpuller

      SDF and Turkey will never join hatred is too strong for one another.

  • John Mason

    Please do, that will be the excuse the Turks need to take Raqqa and the surrounding districts, will force the US out of Syria and the Kurds will be subdued and begging for mercy. A likely scenario.

    • PZIVJ

      A wishfull scenario but not that likely. We shall see how the FSA does in afrin, they are not motivated fighters for sure.

  • horst

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kVZCIel_2Xw …at least Erdogan is literally right by saying PKK and SDF are the same.