On the 20th of January, the Turkish military in Syria began operation “Olive Branch”. It involved the participation of 72 aircraft, and the very next day infantry units joined the operation. As the Turkish High Command said, 108 out of 113 marked targets in seven points in the city of Afrin have been hit.
Ankara has declared two days ago that Russia and Iran must stop the entry of Syrian troops into Idlib. According to the Turkish minister for foreign affairs, Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu, president Bashar Al-Assad’s troops are continuing to enter the border territory.
What is more, Çavuşoğlu said that Turkish troops have begun the deployment of a fourth observation post in the largest region of Idlib, which is now under the control of the Syrian opposition.
It has become clear after Baghdad’s active attempts to suppress Iraqi Kurdistan that the region cannot hope for independence. Instead, it will remain autonomous.
President Trump's military has stopped arming its Kurdish partners in Syria — the ones who routed ISIS from its former HQs in Raqqa. The president called the aid "nonsense [that] should have ended a long time ago," the Associated Press reported this weekend, quoting Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu. The decision was announced after a Friday phone chat between Trump and Turkish President Recep Erdogan.
YPG/PYD and PJAK are not separate organizations, but simply different names of the PKK terrorist organization when they operate in various countries such as Syria, Iraq and Iran.
An Iraqi airstrike targeted a group of Daesh terrorists preparing a VBIED in Zanjilli neighborhood and 13 of them were killed. Another airstrike destroyed a Daesh vehicle and 3 occupants in Tamuz neighborhood.