Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Saturday said his forces would be inside Afrin in a matter of days, but for humanitarian reasons they were taking their time to strategize and prevent civilian deaths.
On Jan. 20, Turkey launched Operation Olive Branch to clear YPG/PKK-Daesh terrorists from Afrin, northwestern Syria.
Over the last 48 hours, Afrin city has reportedly been targeted by Turkish air raids, water has been cut off, and the internet severed.
According to the Syrian Observatory of Human Rights, the Turkish Army and Turkey-backed armed groups have seized control of over 38 percent of Afrin's villages, but the siege is yet to be completed. Is this friendship? Is this North Atlantic Treaty Organisation unity? The YPG has been a key American ally in the fight against the Islamic State in Syria and Turkey's offensive operation have raised tensions with Washington and European NATO powers.
No one was wounded in the attacks. NATO, Turkey is not a NATO country? The latter has been fighting for an autonomous region inside Turkey since 1984.
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The military intervention came after the USA said it would set up a 30,000-strong militant border force at Turkish doorstep. The country considers the YPG a terror organization but its North Atlantic Treaty Organisation ally, the United States, backs the fighters to combat Daesh group.
"We will not give Afrin to Erdoğan even if we are subjected to airstrikes for months or years", said Fikriye Reşid, and 58-year-old woman who came from Qamishlo to Afrin to be a human shield.
Washington has repeatedly called upon Turkey to stop its "aggression" against the Afrin region, omitting the fact that the US-led coalition itself spent years in Syria without any invitation from the government or global approval, RT reported. The PKK is considered to be a terrorist group not only by Turkey, but also by the U.S. and the EU.
"In fact, they would openly oppose Turkey in Syria if they could".