Turkish army suffers deadliest day in Syria's Afrin

Violet Powell
February 6, 2018

The Turkish side has stressed that the war will continue in Afrin and will start another offensive on the Kurdish-held Manbij town in northern Aleppo countryside until eliminating the Kurdish forces in the region near Turkey.

Turkish officials also say U.S. policy in Syria now risks prolonging the war. It says he fought the militants and then blew himself up with a hand grenade when they came close.

It's been Turkey's deadliest day since it launched an offensive against Kurdish militias inside northern Syria over two weeks ago.

Turkey considers the Syrian Kurdish force to be an extension of the Kurdish insurgency in its own southeast.

The Ibaa News Agency of the al-Qaida-linked Levant Liberation Committee, said Russian and Syrian warplanes and helicopter gunships have been pounding Saraqeb and Tel Mardeekh village in Idlib province since the early hours of Saturday.

But those plans have alarmed critics who argue the USA is setting the stage for a continued proxy war in Syria that makes a political settlement less likely, and who worry that its continued reliance on the Kurdish militias will create an effective autonomous zone with American security guarantees.

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The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), the White Helmets and the US -based Union of Medical Care and Relief Organizations (UOSSM) said healthcare facilities in northwestern Syria had been hit by air strikes.

Observers said that the Kurdish people in Syria support the US-led coalition in operations against the radical extremists.

In Washington, the State Department said in a statement that the United States was "gravely alarmed" by reports the Syrian government has used chlorine gas in Idlib. However, tensions between the United States and Turkey appear to have driven Ankara closer to Moscow.

Turkey has so far detained 573 people for social media posts and protests criticizing its military offensive in Syria, the government said Monday.

Iran, Qassemi pointed out, was in continuous talks with both Turkey and Russian Federation about the latest developments in Syria.

The first-year journalism student at Afrin University decided last month to leave her studies behind and respond to a call to arms by local Kurdish authorities.

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