AFRIN, Syria – In their failed operation to defend Afrin, a region of northwest Syria, the Kurdish People’s Protection Units (YPG) sustained over 1, 500 deaths to try and take on the Turkish-led invading force comprising of the Turkish military and their Syrian puppets.
The YPG opted to take on the invading force, dubbed Olive Branch forces, on their own without any help from the Syrian Army, preferring to be ruled by foreign forces then by the Syrian government. Despite choosing this decision to be ruled by Turkey, Kurdish civilians in this region opposed this which is why we see them fleeing to government-held areas of Syria.
This major miscalculation by the YPG leadership has seen the total capitulation of Afrin to the invading forces, and the death of over 1,500 fighters, a major blow, in what was a futile error.
The majority of those killed were by airstrikes and artillery bombardment, demonstrating that without US protection, the YPG are not a major fighting force.