Turkish forces 'surround' Syrian Kurdish city

The conflict began after mass protests against President Assad in March 2011 dragging in regional and global powers and forcing millions of people to flee their homes

The conflict began after mass protests against President Assad in March 2011 dragging in regional and global powers and forcing millions of people to flee their homes

The protesters were expressing anger at a perceived lack of action from the US after Turkey announced that its troops and Turkish-backed Syrian opposition fighters had begun a siege of the Syrian Kurdish-held northern town of Afrin.

"I already said that we discussed military-technical cooperation, including the implementation of the signed contract for the delivery of S-400 system to Turkey".

Redur Xelil, head of foreign relations for the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), of which the Kurdish YPG forces are the leading component, said in an online statement that Turkey was conducting a policy of intentional demographic change in Afrin.

On Aug. 24, 2016, Turkish Armed Forces, with the support of the Syrian opposition, launched the Euphrates Shield Operation against the IS militants and liberated the city of Jarabulus as well as the city of Al-Bab in northern Syria.

"If Turkey's concerns over the border are legitimate. this absolutely does not justify the action by Turkish troops deep inside the Afrin area", he told parliament.

Russian Federation has taken this as a sign that the USA was planning to attack Syrian military forces as it did in April, following charges that the Syrian airforce used sarin gas in the northwestern rebel-held district of Idlib, something Russian Federation and Syria have denied.


Turkish authorities often use the word "neutralized" to imply the terrorists in question either surrendered or were killed or captured.

Speaking during a weekly meeting with local headmen at the Presidential Complex in Ankara, Erdogan asserted that utmost care is being taken to avoid harming civilians.

Around 350,000 people live in the city, including families displaced from other parts of the enclave.

The leading military official claimed that the USA would strike under the false pretense of a chemical weapon attack-a tactic that Russian Federation has denied the Syrian military utilizes-and vowed to fight back. "Soon, we will stomp very strongly on the terrorists there", he said. This talk of attacking Syria has provoked a warning from the Russian Foreign Ministry, and a second warning from top Russian generals.

The Turkish air force regularly launch strikes against the outlawed Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK), which has camps in the mountains of northern Iraq, near the border with Turkey.

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