Turkish-backed rebels mobilize near Mount Barsaya (Photo credit: Reuters/Khalil Ashawi)
Rate Article (4 / 1)

BEIRUT, LEBANON (12:05 P.M.) – Turkey-led forces have regained control over a key mountain Syria’s Afrin region following an artillery-backed counter-attack by Kurdish paramilitary fighters on Monday.

In the last hour, Turkey-led militias announced they had retaken control over the strategic high-ground of Mount Barsaya in Afrin as part of a renewed assault against Kurdish forces throughout the region.

The development comes after pro-Ankara forces seized the mountain on Monday but were then pushed to retreat from it back to their original positions within several hours once Kurdish paras launched a counter-assault aided by artillery fire.

Mount Barsaya is important insofar as it offers fire control over a number of towns and villages that guard the northeastern approach to Afrin city – the prize target of Ankara’s ‘Olive Branch’ operation – and it is yet to be seen how the Turkish Army and Free Syrian Army militias operating under its command exploit this most recent advance.


Share this article:
  • 118
ALSO READ  Syrian soldier killed in latest jihadist attack on Aleppo

Notice: All comments represent the view of the commenter and not necessarily the views of AMN.

All comments that are not spam or wholly inappropriate are approved, we do not sort out opinions or points of view that are different from ours.

This is a Civilized Place for Public Discussion

Please treat this discussion with the same respect you would a public park. We, too, are a shared community resource — a place to share skills, knowledge and interests through ongoing conversation.

These are not hard and fast rules, merely guidelines to aid the human judgment of our community and keep this a clean and well-lighted place for civilized public discourse.

Improve the Discussion

Help us make this a great place for discussion by always working to improve the discussion in some way, however small. If you are not sure your post adds to the conversation, think over what you want to say and try again later.

The topics discussed here matter to us, and we want you to act as if they matter to you, too. Be respectful of the topics and the people discussing them, even if you disagree with some of what is being said.

Be Agreeable, Even When You Disagree

You may wish to respond to something by disagreeing with it. That’s fine. But remember to criticize ideas, not people. Please avoid:

  • Name-calling
  • Ad hominem attacks
  • Responding to a post’s tone instead of its actual content
  • Knee-jerk contradiction

Instead, provide reasoned counter-arguments that improve the conversation.

newest oldest most voted
Notify of
Stern Daler
Rate Article :

As long as nobody manages to fortify the summit – it can go on.