Turkish Claims that the PKK is Operating in Artsakh Set a Dangerous Precedent

Paul Antonopoulos Conflict sparked up again yesterday in Artsakh, or more commonly known as Nagorno-Karabakh, when Azerbaijan launched an offensive against Armenian forces. Although the Republic of Artsakh is not recognized by any state, including Armenia, and it is still internationally recognized as occupied Azerbaijani territory, it achieved a de facto independence in 1994. As…

The Kurds Must Choose Between Loyalty to Syria or Defeat by Turkey

Elijah J. Magnier | @ejmalrai Following President Trump’s decision to withdraw US forces from occupied northeast Syria, the Kurds of al-Hasaka have, for the last two days, been negotiating with the government of Damascus on how to spare the province from a possible Turkish invasion. Syrian General Ali Mamlouk, the Syrian president’s special security advisor,…

Syrian Kurds Vow to Fight ‘to Death’ in Event of New Turkish Op in Syria

DAMASCUS (Sputnik) – The Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) and its component, the People’s Protection Units (YPG), have promised to fight “to the death” in the event of a new Turkish operation in northeastern Syria, SDF spokeswoman Jihan Sheikh Ahmed told Sputnik on Friday. “We will defend the north and the east of Syria to the death,”…

What is Erdoğan’s Objective in Afrin Operation?

Alper Birdal SOL INTERNATIONAL Turkish army officially declared on January 20 the launch of an offensive targeting the positions of the Democratic Union Party (PYD) and People’s Protection Units (YPG) in Afrin region in northwest Syria. The Turkish AKP government’s excuse was the threat against national interests and border security. The operation has been conducted jointly…

على وقع العدوان.. ارتفاع أعداد الضحايا والنازحين.. ودعوات كردية للنفير العام … مقاومة شرسة في عفرين وأنقرة توسع تهديداتها صوب منبج

| الوطن – وكالات بـ«اللاشيء» الميداني والسياسي، خرجت نتائج العدوان التركي على عفرين حتى الآن، وحده ارتفاع أعداد الضحايا المدنيين، وأعداد النازحين، شكل المتغير الوحيد في كل ما يجري، وعلى حين تقصدت «وحدات حماية الشعب» الكردية التصويب على الموقف الروسي، متناسية موقف حليفتها وداعمتها الأساسية واشنطن، وجهت أنقرة سهامها صوب الأخيرة، مطالبة بوقف دعم منبج،…

Casualties Mount on Day Five of Turkey’s Operation Olive Branch

Middle East The Turkish intervention into Kurdish Syrian Democratic Forces-controlled areas in Afrin, northwest Syria has intensified, entering its fifth day on Wednesday. Sputnik offers a summary of the day’s most important military reports and political and diplomatic announcements. Military Activity Turkey’s General Staff announced Wednesday that the Turkish Air Force conducted air strikes involving 27…

Russia is Offering the US a Turkish “Olive Branch” in Afrin.

Elijah J. Magnier | @ejmalrai Turkey today launched the “Olive Branch” military operation against the Kurdish region of Afrin, north-west of Syria. The code name was released by the Turkish Chief of Staff who explained that the operation aims to prevent the spread of the People’s Protection Units and the Democratic Union Party along the…

The Battle for Afrin Will Be Met with Violent Resistance

Member of the People’s Assembly, and President of the National Initiative of the Syrian Kurds, Omar Oussi, warned of the seriousness of the Turkish threats against the city of Afrin, considering that there is a high probability of a Turkish military invasion within the next few hours, now the action has the green light from…