Turkish Army Captures 7 Kurdish Fighters. YPG Claims Capturing 16 Turkish Soldiers

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Turkish Army Captures 7 Kurdish Fighters. YPG Claims Capturing 16 Turkish Soldiers

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On January 25, an unnamed Turkish security source told the Turkish Anadolu Agency that seven fighters of the Kurdish People’s Protection Units (YPG) were captured by the Turkish Army during the ongoing “Operation Olive Branch” in the Afrin area. The source added that three of the seven captives were moved to the southern Turkish province of Hatay.

From its side, a representative of the YPG’s Staff in the Afrin area, Ahmed Shawki, claimed that the YPG had captured sixteen Turkish soldiers while repelling the Turkish attack on Afrin. However, the captives are likely members of the Turkish-backed Free Syrian Army (FSA), not the Turkish military.

In a related development, the YPG acknowledged that eighteen of its fighters have been killed by the Turkish Army in the Afrin area over the last few days. Earlier, Turkish officials claimed in an exaggerated statement that the Turkish Army has killed over 300 YPG fighters in Afrin so far.

Warplanes of the Turkish Air Force (TAF) continued conducting airstrikes against the YPG positions around the city of Afrin on January 25.

The YPG also shelled the southern Turkish city of Kilis with rockets on the night of January 24. Anadolu Agency reported that the YPG rockets hit a mosque in Kilis killing two Turkish civilians and injuring six others.

The Turkish military operation in the Afrin area slowed down in the last two days likely due to the bad weather in northern Syria nowadays.

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  • World_Eye

    But no evidence what so ever from both side tho, no pictures or video’s showing that any of the side captured anyone. If YPG captured 16 Turkish Soldiers where are the pictures of the captives or video material, or the other way around from the Turkish-FSA. etc etc

    • Laura Emersone

      The ugly faces of 4 YPG terrorists were on Turkish TV.

      • Terra Cotta Woolpuller

        Seen too many ugly Otto-Turkish mugs on TV already.

  • Gabriel Hollows

    Information war! Propaganda showdown! Rejoice for truth is no longer part of the equation!

    • PZIVJ

      An ISIS AMAK story is more believable than a Turkish news release. :)

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    • When was truth ever part of warfare?

      • FlorianGeyer

        The old adage states ” Truth is the first casualty in war “. :)

  • mhtsaropinigitakis

    meh they both just camp on theis positions taking selfies and drinking hot chocolate…this is no battle!!

    • Anthony Paul Mapes

      Disregarding the invasion of Iraq every war from Korea has been fought from hill to hill, from the old standard of warfare it takes up to 4x more troops to take a fortified position “depending on how willing the defenders are”!

      • FlorianGeyer

        And North Korea has hills in the thousands with steep valleys :) All of them well fortified with well established bunkers that have supplies for months. :)

        • Graeme Rymill

          “with well established bunkers that have supplies for months”

          So that’s where all the food for the North Korean people has gone! It all adds up now!

          • FlorianGeyer

            Lol

        • Anthony Paul Mapes

          That’s the point I was making, Kurds have had 2-3 years to fortify in relatively safe environment!

          • FlorianGeyer

            They have indeed and the coming days, weeks ?, months ? we will see a new element of this confusing and furibund conflict that has seen no equal since the 100 years war in Europe I think.

          • Anthony Paul Mapes

            It’s strange in these conflicts it seems to emulate the conflicts of old, tanks are relegated to chasing down infantry once the battle is done like 18th century lancers mainly becoming a infantry and artillery duel. Haha with a smattering of air support!

          • FlorianGeyer

            That is true I think. Its a truism to say that all new weapon concepts are to combat a previously introduced threat and the Poor Bloody Infantry are a again ordered to hold the lines in the interim until a new ‘super weapon’ is introduced.

            The Syrian war has been the first I think where ATGM’s have been used in such numbers and against such a plethora of varied targets with almost 100% accuracy.

    • Bob

      You’re right – so far it seems to be mostly Turkish probing attacks.

      • Terra Cotta Woolpuller

        Just back and forth and civilians are always the real targets in this type of warfare being played out by NATO today.

  • Feudalism Victory

    18 dead? 3 captured? What is this a weekend in chicago or a war? Pretty paltry efforts all around. At least the kurds have an excuse being shoestring militia type outfit. Turkeys effort is flat out embaressing and should be an invitation to the pkk to flare up.

    • Laura Emersone

      306 YPG terrorists were killed 4 captured.

      • Terra Cotta Woolpuller

        What someone writing funny jokes in Turkey , seems they think this is comedy,lol.

      • Feudalism Victory

        Yikes are they killing almost every enemy they capture! Thats a strange and brutal ratio.

        Lol.