Turkish General Staff: 260 Kurdish Fighters Killed Since Start Of Operation Olive Branch


Turkish General Staff: 260 Kurdish Fighters Killed Since Start Of Operation Olive Branch

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At least 260 Kurdish militiamen had been killed in Afrin area since the start of Turkey’s Operation Olive Branch, the country’s general staff reported on January 23.

The general staff revealed that 3 Turkish soldiers were killed and one injured in the clashes. Late on the same day, reports appeared that the fourth Turkish soldier was killed.

Meanwhile, the strategic mount of Birsaya east of Afrin remained contested despite repeated attempts of the Turkish-backed Free Syrian Army (TFSA) to capture it. On January 24, clashes continued in the area.

In turn, pro-Kurdish sources claim that over 37 members of the TFSA were killed, 2 armoured vehicles and a vehicle belonging to the Turkish forces were destroyed in the same period.

Turkish General Staff: 260 Kurdish Fighters Killed Since Start Of Operation Olive Branch

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  • dutchnational

    Is this turkish patriottic reporting? Like they have to do under Erdogan’s threat?

    • Graeme Rymill

      You can read an abridged version of these “guidelines” below:

      Government instructions to Turkish media:

      1. It should be reported that this operation is wholly directed against terrorist organisations and the protection of civilians

      2. Foreign news sources will use PKK, PYD, YPG and Islamic State sources against Turkey

      3. Be aware of Turkey’s national interests when reading international news sources, which may be negative to Turkey

      4. Ignore ‘information pollution’ that depicts attacks on civilians, and
      remind the audience of the care taken by the army to avoid civilian

      5. Emphasise the operation is not just against the PKK/PYD but also IS

      6. Video journalists should refrain from visiting conflict zones as reporting endangers soldiers

      7. Remind audiences the operation is being carried out with weapons systems designed and built in Turkey

      8. Do not publish images that endanger Turkish soldiers and not to share the tactics of the Turkish army

      9. Do not consider information obtained from the enemy side as trustworthy

      10. Do not draw attention to anti-Afrin operation protests and statements by the domestic political extensions of the PKK

      11. Be careful while reporting news of potential martyrs

      12. Do not report foreign press reports verbatim

      13. Views/quotes should be sought from informed and experienced people

      14. Do not report news that boosts the morale of the PKK/PYD

      15. Media should contact Bekir Bozdag [deputy prime minister] and Mahir
      Unal [AKP spokesman] for correct information in order to be able to
      inform the public.

      * abridged translation from the original Turkish

      From: http://www.middleeasteye.net/news/turkey-press-restrictions-afrin-olive-branch-1109543029

  • dutchnational

    Meanwhile, even AMN reports SDF forces have entered West Aleppo cs near Mount Simeon. Likely they want to liberatie Dayr Simeon, a Yezidi kurish village and Days Izza.

  • Merijn

    This game of chess that is played at the moment, is being played in the correct manner….. with Turkey fixing some issueswith PKK Syria doesn’t have to fight the YPG-PKK-U.S. Proxy….. Turkey is allowed to fight the Kurds by NATO, so Turkey is the right country to get SDF-Proxy to the negotiation table (forgive me if I’m wrong but with all the disinfo these years….). If Assad had gone against the YPG it would have meant serious repercussions by some third party and most of all Assad wants to keep Syria for All Syrians, now Assad got his hands free to clean up the last remnants of ISIS & FSA. Don’t get me wrong I am in no one’s favor but I am very thankful for every warrior that have put his life on the line to fight some low life Satanic-Daesh-Headchopping Demons that dared to call themselves muslim, which is an insult to Muslims. Putin plays his game smart: keep your men in the field and stay on the background. Let the opposition make mistakes….. which they have done overwelmingly. Here in Europe more & more people got to know the truth….. I’ve been following this war since the beginning, and a lot of things got very very clear. This is a very nasty and smelly situation. And if it wasn’t for all the misery that the West brought to the Middle East (kids & women duped the most), I even would be glad that I got to know what this Europe I lived in for so many years stands for…… soon I will leave Europe for Asia… I’m done with their lies, a lie has no legs and most of all I hate LIARS. Let us be brothers, there are more urgent things happening on this earth that need our attention (and I don’t mean this Climate-Change fairy tale), than poor people fighting eachother for the wealth and power of a very few elitists, which above all are a bunch of pathetic desperate suicidal idiots, that don’t like to see their power crumbling before their eyes….. In that perspective: what a beautiful age we live in. Let wisdom and wise decisions prevail…. for all parties involved. Stay sharp……. and to Leaders: Be a righteous Leader first of all which can be hard, I understand that.

  • Pál Póli

    Here is the deal. Thes USA and Israel want a foothold in Syria, and they accomplish that by supporting the SDF. Now that the idiotic turks attacked the kurds they messed it up for the americans. The USA is in a no win situation. They expect the kurds to fight and die for their cause, but when the kurds ara attacked from behind ang getting killed they don’t get help. The kurds are not stupid. They should give over all the east Syian territories to the Syrian government, and have all their armed forces against the turks. The USA will be squeezed out of Syria, the kurds will work out their differences with the governmetn, and the Russians will tell the turks to get out or else….