Turkish Army Captures Two Key Towns, Deploys Within 6km Of Afrin City (Map, Video, Photos)

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Turkish Army Captures Two Key Towns, Deploys Within 6km Of Afrin City (Map, Video, Photos)

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On March 9, the Turkish Army and its proxies from the Free Syrian Army continued their advance towards the city of Afrin and captured the key towns of Maryamayn and Inab, 6km east of the city, according to sources linked to the FSA. Currently, only one village, Qibar, is separating the Turkish Army from Afrin.

Earlier, the Turkish Army advanced in the districts of Shara and Bulbul north of Afrin and captured the villages of Sir’ayn and Kafr Mize along with Kachkadar Mount.

Meanwhile, Turkish sources reported that the pro-government National Defense Forces (NDF) had deployed more units to its positions in the Afrin area to support the Kurdish People’s Protections Units (YPG). However, these claims have not been confirmed yet by any Syrian pro-government sources.

The Turkish Army will likely expand its control east, southeast and south of Afrin in the upcoming days in order to isolate the strategic city before storming it. On the other hand, the YPG appears to be incapable of launching any singificant counter-attack right now, even despite the recent reinforcements from the NDF and the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF).

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  • Wanklord

    Where is the “mighty” Russian military deployed in Syria supposedly to restore order in that country? Turkey is indeed occupying significant chunks of territories in northern Syria and they won’t withdraw anytime soon (an occupation that may last years). Putin strategy in that Arab country is a total failure and the federalization of the Syrian Arab Republic is fait accompli…realities that are difficult to swallow by Southfront’s Putin cheerleaders & russophiles.

    • Serious

      It’s the opposite. Erdogan stopped the federalization of Syria.

    • Floyd Hazzard

      Would it have been any different with American bases there? I’m just waiting to see what will transpire when the two NATO forces clash, because right now The Turks are making the Americans look really impotent.

      • Wanklord

        Southfront’s russophiles & Putin cheerleaders cannot visualize that Turkey’s occupation of border areas in northern Syria are destined to become demilitarized zones, thus allowing US and NATO to establish areas under Kurdish control (civilian administration) while the Americans provide the needed security (effectively deterring Assad-Russian-Hezbollah-IRGC forces to have a say in those annexed territories)…THEREFORE, IT IS FAIR TO ASSERT THAT THE FEDERALIZATION OF THE SYRIAN ARAB REPUBLIC IS FAIT ACCOMPLI.

        • velociraptor

          Federalisation was real way. Unfortunately, Assad declined. Assad is wrong leader.

    • Ariel Cohen

      Still wanking buddy. . .

      • velociraptor

        reality, buddy

        • Ariel Cohen

          Your perverted reality bud . . .not mine.

    • khalkha

      You right putin’s cheerleaders or like i love to call them putin’s groupies

      • slayern2

        and I love to call you: erDogan’s bitch.

        • khalkha

          You speak bad, Sorry but erdogan don’t have bitches he’s a muslim ,so i can’t be one of them

    • NeoLeo

      It’s easy for you to swallow… your NATO boyfriends wank :D
      “supposedly to restore order in that country?” It was never their mission, you are hallucinating again (your brain tumor I guess). Their objective was to save the government, defeat ISIS (that’s almost accomplished) and other jihadists (that’s in progress), so yes, you are so full of shit.

  • Serious

    Erdogan fake coup was a marvellous idea. He became untouchable. This coup allowed him to make these operations now.

  • as

    I hope they’ll evacuates the civilians from Afrin.

  • Hulusi Akar

    Afrin is done, Manbij is next.

    • Jabhat_al_Akrad

      shut up filthy turk

      • Hitler

        shut up Bastard MUTHAA product

    • mhtsaropinigitakis

      if you go to mabij amricans will whipe your arse out.

      • Rüdiger Preiss

        You wish. All they’ll do is give the Kurds some GoPros so the Yanks have some evening entertainment on their telly

      • Hulusi Akar

        Nice joke, they will quickly withdraw from manbij when Turkey goes in.

      • khalkha

        So this is a US territory not kurdish

      • Tudor Miron

        Keep hoping for American help? May be Israel also?
        Yeah! Kurds got some powerful friends that told them – “Loot, grab but remember to send in our share. You can keep your bribery money in our banks and spend your holidays spending them in our wester world. If something goes wrong we send in helicopters to evacuate you as we did with ISIS leaders”. Problem is that this doesn’t apply to all Kurds, just a handful of corrupt leaders.

      • Omer Cayirli

        Dream on… We are not Greeks or Kurds. They bark a lot but when the time comes runs away without looking their back.

      • mhtsaropinigitakis

        wow too many butthurt turks replied to my post…lol..nice job on taking afrin out…it like only 2 months with full air and artilery support vs some ragtag women with Kalashnikov…nice fighting there turks! keep it up

        • Hulusi Akar

          No, I thought YPG were the most fierce fighters? They would bring hell to Turkey and capture Ankara. That what terrorists like younsaid. Afrin would be vietnam for Turkey LOOOL gtfo kid. These are not farmers but cowards. A farmer has more honour. They have all kinds of heavy weapons but they got raped by the Turkish army and the FSA no denying in that. Isis put even more fight in Euphrates shield. No one ever should be talking about how strong sdf thugs are. Bunch of cowards.

          • mhtsaropinigitakis

            so said the coward keyboard warrior…LOL that irony!

  • Promitheas Apollonious

    From the look of things as they happened seems the kurds believed they win with big words and few photos of an armed woman, every now and then. I wonder where they have based all their bravado to the americans and the israelis?

    • Wanklord

      THE FEDERALIZATION OF THE SYRIAN ARAB REPUBLIC IS FAIT ACCOMPLI and Russia’s military presence in that country is merely for decorative purposes or better say, just to represent private interests (Gazprom Joint Stock Company) in the upcoming negotiations dealing with gas pipelines running through Syrian territories…dear russophiles & Putin cheerleaders, your superhero won’t come to the rescue.

      • Promitheas Apollonious

        your wires seem to be shorting out. Learn not to judge base on yourself.

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      • Tudor Miron

        Wanky :) You again. Your freakshow is boring – find a better place for your performances.

        • velociraptor

          ruskie paid agent, what about corrupt russian polticians? ha?!

      • slayern2

        Wanking and spinning. Russians already rescued Syria from total annihilation, your masters failed miserably. Now sod off.

      • Baljeet Singh

        Baby war should not escalate, NATO and company is out there to escalate and take on Russia what it could not do in Ukarain. Russia’s single error will cause a world war. So Russia is moving cautiously and thats right also.

      • Justin

        bla bla bla! U think we haven’t had dumb ass’s like u here before? huh! You sound like u are making an announcement rather than a comment! Your announcement seems very emotional to me! If u truly believe it why do u feel the need to tell us? u need some endorphins to replace your sorrow of the loss of this war? U need a win and all u have is some words and capital letters! dude, that was a PATHETIC effort! Here is a lesson for u.. there is no such thing as allies, only common interests! with the US proposal to Syria to build Gas pipes from Qatar through Syria being rejected, Assad knew damn well that syria would be the next Libya (how dare Assad say “no”)! And so the US tried and tried to destroy Assad until the Russians stepped in! and then what happened? huh! YOU KNOW DAMN WELL WHAT HAPPENED! So there were 2 choices, bow to the US or plead for help from russia! Of course russia has its own reasons to be in this war and anybody with half a brain knows that the Kiev coup and the Syrian war are totally related re: Russian pipelines to Europe, US shale gas and US Petro dollar (Qatar trading in US dollars). We all are educated on the geopolitics here! no need to make announcements! We can easily read your bullshit and evaluate it as CRAP in the time it takes to read ur first sentence! So know this….. youre endorphin fix u get from ur announcement is fake! thats why ur fix is maybe an hours worth! We all know who are the winners in this war! An historical war that will be written in stone and taught in schools for centuries for the Syrian people! and a geopolitical win for Russia! Plus a revengeful win for Iran! No better endorphin fix than that! So I guess u are out of luck! Try Heroin dude! U wont give a fuck about Syria, Iran and Russia winning and USA losing once u take a hit of Heroin! thats my advice! But if u dont wanna take drugs then try to find happiness in this statement! The good guys won and the bad guys lost! That should help u sleep better at night! Sleep tight! xxoo

  • SFC Steven M Barry USA RET

    I think the only conclusion to be drawn from all this is that the Kurds are a race of retards. They had a golden opportunity to turn Afrin & surrounds over to the Syrian government, which would have avoided this mess. Just whom those retards thought would come to their aid eludes me. And now they are in the shit. To hell with them.

    • Tudor Miron

      Very well said. They still have their chance (thought their bargaining position weakens with each and every day) but instead they send reinforcements from Western Bank. I would not go as far as calling them retards but every nation deserves its leaders. Kurdish leaders lead their population into nowhere land (same as it happened when they were killing Armenians on behalf of Turks) – US/Israel bribery is working wonders.

  • Semper Prudens

    As someone who lived in Yugoslavia during all the phases of its disintegration, witnessing wars in Slovenia (1991), Croatia (1991-95), Bosnia and Herzegovina (1992-95) and Kosovo (1998-99), I think that I can recognize what is going on behind the scene, as some of the same actors are distributing the cards this time too. I think that the current war in Afrin is agreed between Turks, Russians and Americans, while Syrian government is not in position to resist very much, so it is trying to get what it can. The ethnic map of Syria is being change, just as the Ethnic map of Bosnia was changed, so that the country can be politically recomposed, to consist of 3 entities. Kurds are going to lose Afrin, potentially maybe even Manbij, but they will keep territories east of Euphrates. Pro Turkish militias will keep these territories to colonize their refugees, after Syrian Army liberates southern Idlib to get control over the M-5 highway (connecting Hamma with Aleppo), Syrian Army already got full control over the Aleppo city, without fighting. The SAA is going to cleanall the green and grey pockets within the red territory that it controls at the moment. Then it remains to see what will be negotiated about Al Tanf, Al Tabqa and main oil fields across the Euphrates. I suppose there will be some trade about them too.

    • velociraptor

      Nice words, true words. :(

    • Barba_Papa

      I like your analysis. Not so much what it predicts but I think you’re right in what will happen.

      It does leave open what will happen to the Israeli supported Jihadis in southern Syria, as I doubt Israel wants the Syrian state to reassert itself there.

  • John Brown

    Racist supremacist Jews are laughing at what they would say are the “stupid lower then animals beast Goyim kurds” for the stupid Kurds to believe that their racist supremacist Jewish slave masters, would risk one fingernail of their chosen master superior race to be broken, even if it meant it would save all the kurds on the planet .
    Unless the Kurds totally surrender to the SAA and beg their fellow Syrians and Assad to forgive them and join the SAA in kicking the USSA slave soldiers of racist Israel out of all of Syria, they will be totally destroyed as their Jewish slave masters laugh at them.