Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Turkey: Turkey warns Syrian army against helping Kurdish YPG rebels in Afrin

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Turkey warned on Monday it would confront Syrian government forces if they entered Syria’s northwestern Afrin region to help the Kurdish YPG militia repel a Turkish offensive.

Turkey began its Afrin operation with allied Syrian rebels last month against the YPG, which Ankara sees as a threat along its border with links to the Kurdish PKK insurgency at home.

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Friday, January 26, 2018

Syria: People’s Protection Units (YPG) claims capturing 16 Turkish soldiers

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The Syrian Kurdish People’s Protection Units (YPG) have claimed that 16 Turkish troops have been captured since the beginning of fierce military clashes between the sides last Saturday.

A YPG spokesperson cited by Sputnik, also said “the militiamen lost four people”.

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Saturday, January 20, 2018

Turkey: Turkish troops shell Afrin in Syria to oust US-backed Kurdish militia

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Turkey on Friday started fresh shelling of the Syrian town of Afrin in a move to oust a US-backed Kurdish militia that Ankara considers “terrorists” and vowed to press on with a full-scale operation against them.

The Turkish government has repeatedly warned it will strike Syrian towns controlled by the Kurdish People’s Protection Units (YPG) militia, including Afrin, after the US said it was training a 30,000-strong border force there.

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Thursday, January 18, 2018

Turkey: Turkey begins first wave of artillery fire on Peoples Protection Units (YPG) Syrian Kurds in Afrin

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Turkey began its first wave of artillery fire targeting Kurdish fighters in Afrin, Syria on Tuesday night, said an Al Arabiya reporter.

This comes as a retaliation to the Peoples’ Protection Units (YPG) firing a large number of missiles targeting settlements in the Azaz region bordering Turkey and Syria, which is controlled by the Turkish-backed opposition Free Syrian Army, media reports said.

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Saturday, January 13, 2018

Ukraine: 1 soldier killed by separatist rebels in east, fourth in 2 days

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Ukraine’s military said on January 12 that one of its soldiers was killed and four wounded in clashes that took place in the eastern part of the country during the previous 24 hours.

A Defense Ministry statement said Russia-backed separatists violated a frequently breached cease-fire nine times in skirmishes where separatists fired machine guns, grenade launchers, and mortars.

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