Turkey to Establish “Free Syrian Police” in Afrin

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Turkey’s pro-government Yeni Şafak daily reports that the Turkish AKP government will launch Turkish police stations in Syria’a Afrin.

As Ankara’s military operation dubbed “Olive Branch” continues in Syria’s northwestern Afrin district, President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan’s government is reported to launch police stations in order to “maintain the order” after the Turkish army takes the region’s control over the Kurdish militants.

Likewise in the other Syrian districts as al-Bab, Azaz, Jarablus and Mare where Turkish military intervened, the report says that the local people will be trained and Turkish police stations will be deployed in Syria’s Afrin district, adding that Turkish gendarme and police special operation teams are ready to cross the border.

Ankara’s military offensive in Afrin was launched on January 20 jointly with the Free Syrian Army terrorist group against the Kurdish militant group People’s Protection Units, or the YPG.

‘FREE SYRIAN POLICE’

Hundreds of Free Syrian Army militants had been trained in a police academy located in Sivas, Turkey in early 2017. Free Syrian Police (FSP) trained and equipped by Turkish government had started work in January 2017. The FSA alliance of some militant groups which Ankara backed in its campaign against the Syrian government and Kurdish militants along the Turkish border, many of 1500 recruits are ‘former’ militants.

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