Turkey vs. USA? Ministry of Defense orders Russian military to leave Afrin, Syria

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January 20, 2018 – FRN – 
RIA  – translated by Inessa Sinchougova 

The Russian command in Syria has taken measures to ensure the security of servicemen in Afrin, where Turkey is conducting an operation against the Kurds, the Defense Ministry said.

The military department stressed that “to prevent possible provocations, to exclude the threat to life and health of Russian servicemen,” the operational group of the Center for reconciliation of warring parties and military police was relocated from Afrin to Tel Adjar.

The Center for Reconciliation continues to monitor the situation in the de-escalation zone of Tel-Rifat in order to promptly provide assistance to the civilian population leaving the combat areas, the report said.

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Earlier today, Turkey launched an operation against the US-funded Kurdish faction in Syria’s Afrin.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan launched the operation to clear the Kurdistan People’s Protection Units (YPG) militia from their Afrin enclave in northern Syria.

Ankara considers the YPG to be the Syrian branch of the Turkey-based Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK), which not only Turkey, but the US also recognizes as a terrorist organization. Despite Washington recognizing the PKK as a terrorist organization, they arm, fund and support the YPG, demonstrating a contradiction and the point of hostilities between the US and Turkey.

Some have speculated Turkey’s operation is in part a Russian response to the recent drone attack on its Syrian bases, presumably by the US.

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