Turkish troops are claiming to have captured some villages in the Afrin region. The Turks are claiming to have captured villages along the northern border between Turkey and the Afrin region in Syria.
The Turkish President, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, emerged from talks with Russia saying he would not step back in the invasion of Afrin, which is part of the Rojavan experiment we have been documenting on iState.TV.
The Turks are being assisted by Syrian rebels in their efforts to remove the Kurds from Afrin.
The villages allegedly captured include Shankal, Qorne, Bali and Adah Manli. However, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR) say that two of the villages have been taken back by the YPG after Turkish troops and their Syrian rebel allies were forced to retreat.
But the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR), a UK-based monitoring group, said the YPG had repelled Turkish troops from two villages that had been briefly captured in heavy fighting.
According to the YPG, they have also turned back the Turkish assault and have answered their shelling with rocket fire.
So far Iran, Egypt, the US and the Syrian government have all condemned the action, an action, it appears, that the Russians have at least decided to step aside and allow Turkey to take.
While the US condemns the action, they have not taken any moves to support the Kurds in Afrin. Instead, Defense Secretary Mattis said of the use of Turkish fighters against the Kurds that, “They warned us before they launched the aircraft they were going to do it, in consultation with us. And we are working now on the way ahead.”
The Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (PUK) has indicated a desire to send the Kurdish Peshmerga to defend Afrin from the Turkish/Syrian Rebel assault, but they don’t appear ready to send them, claiming that getting them there is difficult.
Here is a part of the press release by the Kurds following the Turkish assault on Afrin:
The AKP-MHP fascist rule in Turkey has begun the air and ground invasion operation against the Kurdish town of Afrin. This comes after months of threatening and targeting campaign. Turkey wants to destroy the democratic system which was established on the principle of brotherhood of Kurdish, Arab and Turkmen peoples. There are two main reasons for these attacks. Firstly, the anti-Kurdish AKP-MHP fascist rule wants to destroy Kurdish people’s gains in Afrin. Secondly, the AKP-MHP which have come to the point of losing their power; so they try to shore up their fascist rule by carrying out this invasion operation.
…. The AKP-MHP fascist rule’s enmity towards the Kurds is inextricably intertwined with its anti-democratic nature. Therefore, they attack all the democratic circles which they think may pose a threat to their dictatorial reign. They want to portray the freedom fighters of Afrin as the enemies of Turkey and thereby deepen chauvinistic sentiments in a bid to increase support for their rule while they attack democratic circles within Turkey. Therefore, the attack on Afrin is an attempt to shore up the fascist rule of AKP-MHP and at the same time is a campaign to suppress all the democratic circles opposing AKP-MHP rule.