Turkish Army Advances West Of Afrin City. Kurdish Fighters Step Up Counter-Attacks (Videos)

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On February 28, the Turkish Army and its proxies from the Free Syrian Army (FSA) captured the villages of Sinnarah and Anqalah south of the Sheikh al-Hadid district center located west of the city of Afrin, according to Syrian opposition sources.

Meanwhile, Kurdish sources reported that the Turkish Army artillery had shelled several positions of the Kurdish People’s Protection Units (YPG), mainly in the centers of the districts of Jandaris and Sheikh al-Hadid west of Afrin.

Turkish Army Advances West Of Afrin City. Kurdish Fighters Step Up Counter-Attacks (Videos)

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The YPG stepped up its defensive operations against the Turkish Army and its proxies in the northern and northwestern parts of the Afrin area.

According to the Kurdish Hawar News Agency (ANAH), YPG fighters conducted a hit and run attack against the FSA in the village of Raco in the Rajo district. YPG members killed several FSA fighters and destroyed two vehicle of the FSA during the attack, according to the source.

Additionally, the YPG repelled an attack by the Turkish Army and its proxies on the village of Jaro in the Bulbul district north of Afrin. The YPG also killed four FSA fighters and injured six others, according to the YPG press.

The next target of the Turkish Army and its proxies will likely be the centers of the districts of Jandaris and Sheikh al-Hadid. The Turkish Army has to capture these two areas if it wants to secure its route from the Euphrates Shield-held area in northern Aleppo to Idlib governorate.

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  • Joe

    Fact is no matter how heroic the Kurds are , they are no match for the Turks who will put their full force to this once in a lifetime chance to engage the Kurds.

    Kurds if do not realise fast to work fully with Assad will surely be history . Yet they still believe in US’s promises.

    Fact is US itself cannot even stay in Syria without serious challenge from Assad’s allies who are much stronger than the few soldiers there. Air power can only do so much and in fact very little in the face of Russia air defences as well as Iranian/Syrian air defences.

    Now that the Su57 and su35 most like configured to work closely with the Su57 , will wack the F22 old tech.

    • dutchnational

      Turkey will never deploy its full force against Afrin. It just cannot. It has to guard it borders everywhere, has some 35k in Cyprus, has some 5k in Qatar, some 5k in Iraq and it has to keep the SE pacified against PKK guerilla’s, using up many thousands of TSK soldiers.

      First reports are emerging of kurdish young conscripts deserting after hearing they will be deployed in Afrin. A pity in a way as they could use being there armed to defect after killing some invaders.

      In total I agree though that if they continue reinforcing the assaulting forces, in the end TSK and their jihadi mercenaries will have the greater chance to win, that is as long as Erdogan does not interfere too much.

      • Hulusi Akar

        What a bunch of bull shi t you wrote there. You should step up your propaganda game “dutch”national. (Kurdo immigrant from the netherlands)* here you go fixed it.

        • dutchnational

          Well, having my family being born in the Netherlands for at least three centuries, it is still possible my family originated from Turkey or Kurdistan, arriving together with the Tulips in my native region one might say.

          So, there is a 0.00001% chance you are correct.

          • Hulusi Akar

            You can go fight in Afrin for your brothers. Useless dutch citizen.

      • Samantha Green

        All YPG needs to retreat from fellow abortion rights defending TAF and go Southeast to take Hajin from ABORTION BANNING ISIS!

        • Bob

          Whoa, it’s Jonathon Cohen in drag.

      • Bob

        Turkey is using expendable TFSA as cannon fodder and the actual TAF have been deploying Commando Brigades in Afrin that have taken losses. See lists below. Conscripts would be too politically sensitive for Erdogan – they may be used in policing role behind front though. Lists:
        https://twitter.com/e_amyna/status/962737156518240257

        https://twitter.com/Brasco_Aad?lang=en

      • Bob

        Turkey is using expendable TFSA as cannon fodder and the actual TAF have been deploying Commando Brigades in Afrin that have taken losses. TAF conscript casualties likely be too politically sensitive for Erdogan – though they may be used in occupied areas behind front-lines.

        • dutchnational

          Turkey is not only deploying special forces but also tank units into Afrin. The 30 to 40 tanks destroyed would have had TSK personnel in them. APC’s are likely chauffeured by TFSA.

          Conscripts used in Afrin is indeed not smart, but whoever accused turks ever of being smart?

          • Bob

            We very rarely agree – but list of TAF special forces casualties was at around 35 a few weeks ago. Mostly from 4th and 10th TAF Commando Brigades. List was leaked on Twitter – but strangely can’t get Disqus to accept a copy-link to this Twitter account.

          • RichardD

            It may have been a Jew fake Twitter account.

          • Bob

            No, it is a genuine and pro-Syrian Arab Republic account – called Brasco_Aad. Some glitch.

          • RichardD

            Are the losses deaths, or deaths and injuries?

          • RichardD
          • Bob

            That’s it – some reason cannot add to Disqus today :(
            Cheers

          • RichardD
          • RichardD

            The retreat links to what looks like the official Turkish government site. I didn’t go back through the archives to verify it.

            https://twitter.com/hashtag/OperationOliveBranch?src=hash

          • RichardD

            If it’s from the Turkish official government site that the retweet links to, it’s not leaked. Half of the names on the hand written ledger, if it’s genuine, show as injured, not killed.

          • RichardD

            #OperationOliveBranch

            https://twitter.com/hashtag/OperationOliveBranch?src=hash

            This might not be an official government site.

          • RichardD

            What you’re quoting is 3 or 4 accounts removed from what looks like the official government site. So the material that you’re quoting is of questionable authenticity. It looks like some of the Twitter accounts are re quoting from the official site and then adding additional material that may be fake.

            https://twitter.com/olivebranch

            Operation Olive Branch
            @olivebranch

          • RichardD

            I went back to February 1st on what looks like the official government site. There’s nothing there on killed or injured. Wherever the information that you’re quoting came from. It’s not on the official government site that the sites that you’re quoting trace back to. Do you think that Jews would do something like that, especially since the site that it comes from has a lot of pictures of Jared Kushner and Ivanka Trump looking like the perfect couple?

            https://twitter.com/olivebranch

          • RichardD

            Is this the source of your 30 to 40 Turkish tanks lost:

            https://anfenglish.com/

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      • RichardD
      • Terra Cotta Woolpuller

        Many Arabs don’t want to fight a war for Kurds as they are not conscripts the Syrian PMU are there only protecting Syrian territory even Afarin knows the Rojava dream is dead along with the US actually supporting the Turkish advance just shows how well they think of their lesser allies.

      • Baran Barlas

        “jihadi mercenaries…”
        Terminology you use makes it way too easy for others to spot your bias. 30 tanks were destroyed? 40 were deployed? These are numbers without sources. A couple were destroyed, yeah but 30 out of 40? How do you know the amount of tanks deployed and destroyed? The answer is that you don’t and you’re spreading false information. Had we lost 75% of our forces in Afrin then it’d be all over the world news. I’d even say you’re probably a Kurd living in Netherlands. If not then you’re most probably one of those people who go on forums to rant about “racial realism” then humiliate other peoples.

  • RichardD

    The Turkish forces are steadily advancing, and that’s not going to stop until either Afrin falls to Turkish control, or is turned over to Syrian government administration control either consensualy or non consensually. I’m sure that the Syrian government coalition has plans for either scenario. It will be interesting to see how this plays out. Because it has wider implications for clearing the northern SDF held areas all of the way to the Iraq border.

    • Mortal

      I think the Afrin situation happened right on time before the start of operations for Idlib. I understand the urgency of the matter for Syria but look how Idlib now hosts “observation posts” aka fortified positions of the Turkish army. Maybe the Kurds in Afrin will really submit to Syria, but for their Rojava counterparts it won’t be that easy. So let’s say Turks really pull back and Syria takes control of Afrin. Doesn’t that make Idlib Turkish, in a way? And then, there is the Manbij front that Turkey is going for next, presumably. Turkish policy is hard to assess.

      • RichardD

        I don’t know what’s going to happen. The Syrian government coalition is allowing the Turks to advance unopposed in Afrin. So they must have some understanding with them on how this will play out. One thing is clear, Kurdish secession isn’t going to be allowed. The US is unlikely to hit the Turks with air strikes. So I’m sure that that’s part of the equation. And it’s pretty clear that the Syrian government coalition is active in multiple places on the east side of the river. My assumption is that as they progress in clearing the remaining areas in western Syria. That they’l start shifting resources to eastern Syria.

    • SnowCatzor

      Yeah I think it’s very likely the Kurds will eventually lose most of the Afrin countryside at least, but they may be able to hold Afrin city and Tel Rifaat if they defend well-enough. In 2016 it took the TAF/FSA 3 and a half months to take Al Bab from ISIS (with US & Russian cooperation), so taking Afrin against YPG & NDF will be immensely costly for them. Possibly too costly even for Sutlan Erdogan.

      • RichardD

        “In December 2016, al-Bab came under an attack by Syrian rebels backed by Turkey. Turkish air strikes on December 21 destroyed 67 Islamic State targets; 14 Turkish soldiers and 138 rebels were reported killed.[15] Al-Bab was a strategically important town for Turkey because it did not want the two SDF regions to link up.[16] On 23 February 2017, al-Bab was captured by Turkish-backed rebels,[17] becoming a part of the Turkish buffer zone.”

        https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Al-Bab

        There’s a difference between militia and regular army. If push comes to shove, I think that the Turkish military will clear Afrin City in a professional, methodical manner. Whether it gets to that stage, time will tell. And time is running out for the Kurds.

        If it does happen. It will be a clear message to the Israelistani Kurds, and the Jew world order crowd, that the Turks mean business, and are supported by the Syrian government coalition.

        • dutchnational

          So turks needed three months to take Al Bab after starting the assault on the city proper, taking 4 months to reach the city.

          Transposed to Afrin, that would mean needing some 6 months to reach the city (they needed 6 weeks to enter 7kms, the easy 7 kms), so around somewhere july and than needing how much time to take the city, some 5 ctimes larger than Al Bab and already being prepared against attack for some 6 years.

          As I have never noticed turk army being involved in a clean proffessional and methodic fight, I expect a very messy fight. A city being defended by anywhere up to over 15k fighters and with an armed population.

          Kurds will have the need to fight till the end. It remains to be seen if Turkey, and even more importantly the world, is ready to see and accept this. In some way I doubt the latter.

          • RichardD

            The Turks have captured a lot of Afrin already. And they’ve done it fairly quickly in a methodical professional manner. They’l take their time when they get to the built up areas to minimize casualties, property damage, and civilian loss of life.

            There’s no need for the Kurds to fight to the end. All that they need to do is get rid of your baby raper comrades and allow the Syrian government to restore administration in an orderly cooperative manner. If they don’t, then what happens to them will be an example to the rest of the Kurds.

            1 down, 2 to go, Kurd majority areas in northern Syria. Goodbye Israelistan, and good riddance.

            http://sahipkiran.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/08/Kurdish-Majority-areas-in-Syria-.jpg

          • cfelix cfelix

            ‘get rid of your baby raper comrades’. Agreed. Let’s get rid of Erdogan and his jihadist comrades. Then we can finally have peace.

          • RichardD

            This isn’t a Turk war, it’s a Jew war.

          • cfelix cfelix

            Again smoking whatever Erdogan is distributing? You quote a vehemently anti-israeli blog. Even so, not just Israel, but ANY SANE PERSON would agree that “The Middle East could do with another secular democracy.”. Turkey and all the terrorists in the region would prefer another insane organization like ISIS.

          • RichardD

            I can quote the Prime Minister of Israel, who says basically the same thing. Or how about the Egyptians? There was just an article at Ahram yesterday about Kurd ethnic cleansing in SDF held areas. Sound familiar? If you’re a Jew it ought to.

          • cfelix cfelix

            What does Israel’s PM say? That “The Middle East could do with another secular democracy.”? Any sane person would say so, not just the Israeli PM. The Egyptians are also facing insane jihadists, so no surprises if they agree. Sure, there is ethnic cleaning in Afrin. Why do you think Turkey invaded? What does being a jew or not being a jew have to do with rational thinking? Israel for instance has made huge consessions even with terrorists, such as Arafat in exchange for peace PROMISES. And has behaved towards Arabs much better than their brothers. None of Black September, beheadings, or Hamas carrying the dead bodies of Fatah members and celebrating was done by Israel.

          • RichardD

            The Jew Prime Minister supports criminal secession and regime change. Tell me that you’re not a strong supporter of crimes against humanity like Jew mass pedophile rape, regime change and ethnic cleansing. Do you support outlawing Judaism to dejudify the planet to create a Jew free world that will be much better for humanity? Do you support the use of Masada nukes to disarm Israel if they misuse their Samson nukes? Do you support the Palestinian right of return so that they can vote Judaism and Israel out of existence?

          • cfelix cfelix

            “The Jew Prime Minister supports criminal secession and regime change.” Really? Last time I checked Turkey and most NATO countries did that in Yugoslavia. Remember? Israel had no part on this

            “crimes against humanity like Jew mass pedophile rape, regime change and ethnic cleansing.”
            Jews do not have pedophilia. Are you mistaking jews and moslems? It’s the islamic prophet who was a known pedophile. Pedophilia is in islam, not judaism. Regime change? What regime change? Besides, regimes change all the time. Ethnic cleansing? Who did jews ethnically cleanse? Are you confusing them with nazi Germany or Turkey, both of whom wrote the book on ethnic cleansing. If you are referring to 1948, if you bothered to read the story, you’d know that Arabs left at the ‘request ‘ of the INVADING Arab League, who told them that bullets and shells do not discriminate between jew and arab. Besides the land was jewish long before the arabs came as the balkans were non-turkish long before the turks came. Arab lands are vast compared to tiny Israel. But if you are that sensitive about Palestinian refugees, who were not driven out by israel, surely you must be even more critical of Turkey who has forcibly diven out and cleansed Northern Cyprus for instance. Are you also campaining for their right to return?

            Jews do not decapitate people, do not shoot civillians watching concerts or drive lorries into people . Looks like you’re mixing judaism with islam when you talk about outlawing religions.
            Last time I checked, both judaism and islam have circumcision. Even in the US it is the default unless you ask not to.

          • RichardD

            You lie like a Jew raised to lie by your evil cult, sucking baby penis, infecting them with venereal disease, brain damaging and murdering them like the Jews do is pedophile mass statutory rape.

            The Jews wouldn’t allow Palestinians to return to their homes and committed multiple massacares.

            Israeli ethnic cleansing is well documented and the subject of numerous resolutions and was pre planned from the beginning as documented by the King Crane Commission 100 years ago and other evidence.

            Judaism is only 3,000 years old, the Palestinians ancestors were building cities 10,000 years ago. David invaded the Palestinian’s ancestor’s city of Jerusalem where they were living for 1,000 years. 99% of Israelis are immigrants or dependents of recent immigrants who have little or no Hebrew blood compared to the Palestinians who reject Judaism.

          • cfelix cfelix

            Just out of curiosity, what drugs are you on?

          • RichardD

            Your lies and insults have disproven nothing that I’ve written. Because it’s all true. Your evil cult needs to be outlawed for the betterment of humanity:

            – the true causes of “antisemitism” –

            https://thesaker.is/a-crash-course-on-the-true-causes-of-antisemitism/

            In NYC alone:

            “metzitzah b’peh — requires a mohel, the person performing the circumcision, to suck blood from the incision on an infant’s penis….

            According to the Health Department, 24 cases of herpes have been linked to circumcision since 2000. Two of the infants died and two others suffered brain damage.”

            https://nypost.com/2017/03/08/new-case-of-neonatal-herpes-caused-by-jewish-circumcision/

            “as with any right, the freedom of religion can be abridged if its exercise would infringe on the rights of others.

            As a result, several groups have been made into recognized criminal organizations. … These cults have generally been involved with activities like murder, abduction, statutory rape, or other serious crimes. Often, they hold an illegal activity to be a primary focus of their religious teachings, making adherence to the group’s beliefs a virtual guarantee of grossly illegal activity directly harming others.

            https://www.hg.org/article.asp?id=35055

            Police closing a cult:

            https://westernnews.media.clients.ellingtoncms.com/img/photos/2017/04/21/Russian-police-raiding-church.jpg

          • RichardD

            The Jew Prime Minister, Mossad and the CIA are up to their eyeballs in terror operations throughout the middle east and beyond.

            https://biblicisminstitute.files.wordpress.com/2014/09/netanyahu-and-isis-terrorist.jpg

        • cfelix cfelix

          ‘Professional, methodical manner’. Sure, we know. They did that with Armenians and any other minority in Turkey and abroad. The Kurds know it too. So they will defend till the last. They have no alternative. Right now the Sultan still has his jihadi mercenaries to do the work for him. It’s clear that if he is successful in Afrin, he will not stop. I’d rather stop his ottoman visions right now than in Vienna again.

          • RichardD

            The Turkish army of today isn’t the Turks of times past. The Kurds have a choice, and that’s to kick the Jew baby rapers out of Afrin and cooperate with the Syrian government on restoring Syrian government administration in Afrin. Then nobody needs to die or get injured.

          • cfelix cfelix

            Last time I checked, the turkish terrorists did not make any offer. Besides, why should anyone negotiate with terrorist Turkey? And you are saying a foreign army with foreign chechen jihadist mercenaries is invading Syria…. to restore Syrian government administration??? If the Syrian government had an issue with Afrin, they could at least say so, but guess what? They have no problem, the residents had no problem, so terrorist Turkey invades to create problems. And how exactly do jews come into play? I understand you hate jews, but how is this relevant?

          • RichardD

            It sounds like you’re aware that the Kurds are attempting to succeed and that the Mossad is helping them to keep the Syrian government, including the military out of Afrin. The Syrian government coalition is quite capable of impeding the Turkish advance, and are refraining from doing so and obviously have some type of agreement with the Turks on what they’re doing.

        • SnowCatzor

          Actually they lost 57 Turkish soldiers and over 200 FSA (minimum) during the battle of Al Bab. FSA casualties would have been FAR higher without the Turks doing most of the fighting which, as you point out, would have to happen again in Afrin.

          We could easily see the Turks losing more than 100 soldiers in one battle, which would be politically very bad for Erodgan.

          • RichardD

            I haven’t found supporting evidence for your casuality figures. The terrorist’s were far higher than the Turk’s. The Turkish people will support military operations securring their border with Syria.

          • SnowCatzor

            Those are the figures on wiki, which don’t seem to be disputed by any sources except ISIS.

          • RichardD

            Do you have a link?

            I provided figures from Wikipedia, they’re much lower than what you’re claiming.

          • SnowCatzor
          • RichardD

            The Wikipedia articles show different numbers. I’m sure that the Turkish people support border security operations to keep the homicidial Jew pedophile mass rape cult criminals from doing to Turkey what they’ve done to Syria.

  • Alpha&Omega

    Sad to see this video. Some of them can’t shoot at all and kept on wasting bullets up in the sky. It seems that it goes bad for the kurds lately with YPG propganda videos showing some weak hit and run attacks and expensive ATMs wasted on ordinary cars, some even parked. This bodes very bad for the kurds in Afrin.

    • Nigel Maund

      Very inaccurate machine gunning by untrained guerillas. Wasting a lot of ammo when a quality sniper would do the work much better with a fraction of the ammo.