AFRIN, Syria – Turkish-led invaders, including their Syrian proxies, have begun storming a pivotal town in Syria’s northwest Afrin region.
The Free Syrian Army revealed this through a social media release and announced that the so-called Olive Branch forces, led by the Turkish military, has begun storming the town of Jindares that is currently held by the Kurdistan People’s Protection Units (YPG).
If Jindares is to fall, this will be the first major town captured by the Olive Branch forces since they begin their operation against the YPG on January 20.
Ankara considers the YPG to be the Syrian branch of the Turkey-based Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK). The PKK are recognized as a terrorist organization by not only Turkey, but also the United States. Despite the US recognizing the PKK as a terrorist organization, they provide arms, funds and support for the YPG in Syria, despite being partner organizations of the PKK. This has been a cause of hostility between Ankara and Washington.