BEIRUT, LEBANON (1:00 P.M.) – Car loads of people drove into Afrin on Thursday, where celebrations rocked the Syrian city following the reported arrival of Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) troops, who are allegedly being brought in to help fight against the Turkish offensive.
Footage shows buses and cars filled with civilians who have travelled to Afrin from Shingal, Qamishli, al-Hasakah, Amouda and Kobani.
According to local reports, SDF fighters are allegedly leaving the front in the Deir ez-Zor region to join Kurdish forces fighting Turkish troops in Afrin.
In September 2017, US-backed SDF forces launched an offensive against the self-proclaimed Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS/ISIL) in the Deir ez-Zor Governate with the purpose of recapturing territory east of the Euphrates.
On Monday, the US Pentagon announced an “operational pause” due to the Turkish military operations in Afrin.