Syrian Kurds Urge Int’l Community to Take Action Over Turkish Strikes on Afrin #SyriaWar
According to Tuesday’s Turkish media reports, Turkey’s possible offensive in Syria’s northern Kurdish-controlled Afrin enclave is set to start with airstrikes on 149 targets of the Kurdish People’s Protection Units (YPG).
The Syrian Kurdish Democratic Union Party (PYD) has condemned Turkish airstrikes on Afrin and called on the international community to take action.
According to the PYD, Afrin “will not be alone” as all Kurdish-held areas in the north and east of Syria are ready to stand with it.
The statement comes in the wake of Tuesday’s report by Vatan newspaper, saying that Turkey’s possible offensive in Syria’s northern Kurdish-controlled Afrin enclave will start with airstrikes on 149 targets of the Kurdish People’s Protection Units (YPG).
Since January 13, Ankara has been threatening to start an operation against the Syrian Kurds in Afrin following an announcement by the US-led coalition concerning the training of a border protection force composed of the Kurdish Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), which mostly consists of the YPG, in northern Syria.
Turkish media reports suggested that the army shelled territory under control of the Kurdish forces in Afrin, however, no official confirmation has followed so far.
According to public affairs officer of the Inherent Resolve Col. Thomas Veale, the US-led coalition was training the SDF to create a 30,000-strong force to maintain security along Syria’s borders, prompting Damascus’ and Ankara’s harsh condemnation.
Previously, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan threatened to eliminate the US-trained Kurdish troops from the vicinity of the Turkish southern border.
Ankara, one of the Syrian ceasefire guarantor states alongside Iran and Russia, considers the YPG linked to the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK), listed a terrorist organization in Turkey.