Pro-Kurdish sources claimed that the Turkish Army and the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) are planning to attack Afrin City and the surrounding areas.
According to reports, that SAA and Turkey-led forces closed all roads leading to Afrin and imposed a siege on the city.
However, local sources reported that the road connecting Aleppo to Afrin is still open despite some problems appeared the Kurds have attacked some people from the towns of Nabol and Al-Zahra following the downing of the Syrian fighter by the US-led coalition.
On Friday, the self-administration in Afrin announced preventing the passage of civilians from Turkey or the opposition-held areas to Afrin for “security reasons” and it’s unknown if that statement includes the Aleppo-Afrin road.
SAA sources denied any involvement of the SAA in the expected Turkish operation. It is worth mentioning that SAA doesn’t have any troops in Afrin and it’s not committed to defending it.
The SAA hasn’t promised the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) in Afrin to defend them or supply them in case of attack by the Turkish Army.
Turkey has already transferred heavy weapons including howitzers to the Euphrates Shield-held areas in the northern Aleppo countryside. This was done immediately after the downing of the Syrian fighter by the US-led coalition. It is believed that the Turks intend to take advantage of the current bad relations between SDF and the SAA.
Despite the Turkish threat and a great tension with the SAA in the southern Raqqa countryside and the northern Aleppo countryside, the SDF unknown reasons has not released the Syrian pilot, Ali Fahd, of the jet downed by the US military on June 18.