BEIRUT, LEBANON (6:07 P.M.) – Moments ago, military-affiliated sources reported that a second batch of troops, armed pickups, armor and artillery from the Syrian pro-government National Defence Forces (NDF) entered the region of Afrin in northern Aleppo to further bolster the defenses of local Kurdish fighters.

The arrival of a second lot of Syrian government troops comes exactly one day after the initial Damascus-led intervention force of about 500 men entered Afrin.

Unlike the first wave of pro-government reinforcements to the region which was unsuccessfully challenged by Turkish Army artillery units for a brief time, no reports have surfaced that the second column of NDF reinforcements came under threatening fire by pro-Ankara forces.

At the present time, no statistics exist as to how many government troops entered Afrin in the second intervention wave, however, if the first wave is anything to go by, it can be expected that the force is at least several hundred men strong with supporting artillery and armor assets.

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This may be just what was needed as Syrian reinforcements move to disarm Kurdish fighters and reclaim control over resources and Syrian Proper in the Afrin area and that would/should meet Turkey’s requirements for a secure border and a with drawl from Afrin area. I would expect Turkey will move into the Eastern Kurdish area/s that has more of a PKK/SDF composition being armed by US and remains a threat to Turkey.

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Disarm the Turkish SFA mercenaries and let the Kurds enter the NDF. The SFA are just traitors that fight Sryia on behalf of the Turkish Fuehrer. Turkey’s current security problems are home made. Erdogan is on a neo-Ottoman expansionist and revisionist course against the results of the Treaty of Lausanne. This is naïve at best and reckless at worst. His rhetoric on ex-Turkish territory can be seen that way. And additionally he is on a ego trip to hold on to his almost dictatorial powers. Turkey’s support for Islamist Sunni Arab nationalist militants created the need for the Kurds to… Read more »

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Actually, YPG, SAA, Russia, EU and USA should team and, as Erdogan and his rats want the Ottoman Empire v.2.0, apply a v.2.0 of the 1920 Sèvres treaty, in other terms, the “balkanisation” of Turkey! Let’s make the Bosphorus Greek again and push the Ottomans totally out of Europe, including out of Cyprus. The difference would be having about the 3rd of Turkey becoming Kurdistan and 15% as a land compensation to Armenia for the 1915 genocide, thus giving them access to the Black Sea. Let’s ALL be a threat to Turkey! Turks have voted to put the Muslim Brotherhood… Read more »

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Hey. Erdo will love You for this idea.