Turkish troopers in Syria go away path of geotagged Instagram posts


Turkey, which is waging a military offensive against Kurdish YPG fighters in Syria's northwestern region of Afrin, has repeatedly said it will also drive the YPG militia from the mainly Arab town of Manbij, east of Afrin.

Ankara, which considers the Kurdish People's Protection Units (YPG) in Syria a "terror" group, has vowed to carry on and possibly expand the operation, launched on Jan 20, despite global concern and strained relations with Washington.

Turkey launched "Operation Olive Branch" against Kurdish forces in Afrin more than a week ago.

Manning said the US troops "do not operate with Kurdish forces in Afrin".

Macron said it could be "a real problem" if "Syrian sovreignty is not respected".

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Since Turkey's decision to fight hand-in-hand with the FSA in northern Syria, in order to clear the region from Kurdish militants of PYD and the YPG, both considered as PKK branches by Ankara, the country has sent troops there. The development of the situation in the Afrin area in northern Syria regarding the ongoing Turkish operation against Kurdish troops is raising concerns, and Moscow calls on the parties to show restraint, Russian Foreign Ministry Spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said on Wednesday.

Rockets hit two houses and killed one 17-year-old and wounded another person, Anadolu said.

"Your determined attitude in strictly rejecting any association of terrorism with religion is being reflected on to world opinion", the Istanbul-based Bartholomew I told President Recep Tayyip Erdogan in an open letter.

This is while United States officials regard the YPG as the most effective fighting force against the Daesh Takfiri terrorist group in northern Syria, and have substantially increased their weaponry and technology support to the group.

The attacks have so far killed four people, including Avlar.