AFRIN, Syria – The Turkish military and its Syrian proxies have finally begun an assault in the attempt to take Afrin city in northwest Syria from the Kurdistan People’s Protection Units (YPG).
The so-called Olive Branch Operation that was launched on January 20 had the primary aim of capturing Afrin city and expelling the YPG from the entire Afrin region. Today now marks their first serious attempt to achieve an objective.
The Olive Branch forces captured Kurt Kulak and Kafr Rum villages in its drive to reach Afrin city.
Turkish warplanes are working with close coordination with ground forces to surround the city and cut it from other areas that the YPG control.
The YPG are the Syrian branch of the Turkey-based Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) that not only Ankara considers as a terrorist organization, but also Washington. Despite this fact, Washington has armed and supported the YPG, showing a contradiction that they recognize the Syrian branch of the terrorist organization to be legitimate and worthy of support. This has strained Turkey-US relations severely.