BACK AND FORTH CONTINUES: Turkish-led forces recapture mountain from Kurdish YPG in Syria


January 23, 2018 – Fort Russ News – Paul Antonopoulos

AFRIN, Syria – The back and forth continues between Turkish-led forces, primarily the Turkish military and the Free Syrian Army, and the Kurdish People’s Protection Units (YPG).

For the third time in a short period, the control over Mount Barsaya in Afrin in northwest Syria has changed hands. Turkish-led forces, after capturing it, then being driven off the mountain, have yet again laid claim to it, with Turkish troopers pictured (above) on the mountain.

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Intense battles have occurred over the mountaintop as it gives a vantage point over the surrounding region, including villages and towns.

For the battle of this mountain, several Kurdish fighters have been captured by the Turkish-led forces. Video and photo can be found here.

Turkey aims to expel the YPG from the Afrin canton as it considers them as a terrorist organization.

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