AFRIN, Syria – At least five pro-Syrian government soldiers have been killed after a Turkish airstrike hit their positions in Syria’s northwest province of Afrin.
The Turkish airstrike hit the Iranian-organized National Defense Forces (NDF) who are made up of local Syrians and usually act as a defensive force rather than offensive.
According to preliminary reports, they were killed when Turkish warplanes hit their position that was serving as a checkpoint on the way to Afrin city.
This comes as the Turkish-led Olive Branch Operation swarms down on Afrin city at a rapid pace. It is expected that the military of Turkey and their Syrian puppets will begin the battle for the city.
The Olive Branch Operation was launched on January 20 against the Kurdish People’s Protection Units (YPG) that Ankara considers as a terrorist organization. This is because the YPG are the Syrian branch of the Turkey-based Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) that is considered a terrorist organization, including by Washington. Despite Washington recognizing the PKK as a terrorist organization, they have been the main backers and supporters for the YPG.