AFRIN, Syria – The elite Republican Guards of the Syrian Army are being deployed at the border between the Kurdish People’s Protection Units (YPG) controlled Afrin in Syria’s northwest and government-held territory in Aleppo province according to the UK-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR).
According to their report, the Republican Guards arrived at the Zahraa-Nubl axis where Syria has one of its very few Shi’ite settlements. They did not provide a reason for this deployment however.
If the report by the SOHR is true, this would mean that the Turkish-led invaders are only kilometers from Syrian Army positions.
The Afrin region has been the target of an intense Turkish-led invasion that includes the Turkish military, the Free Syrian Army and other jihadist groups.
Turkey considers the YPG to be the Syrian branch of the Turkey-based Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) that not only Ankara, but also Washington recognizes as a terrorist organization. Despite recognizing the PKK as a terrorist organization, Washington has been one of the main backers and supporters of the YPG, causing hostility between US-Turkey relations.