BEIRUT, LEBANON (10:34 A.M.) – Turkish-backed forces have assumed full control over the city of Afrin in Syria’s Aleppo province following the deliberate abandoning of the city and its surrounding countryside by Kurdish fighters.

In every respect of the word, pro-Ankara forces seized Afrin effortlessly. Just over an hour after storming the small city from its southwest and northeast, Turkish-backed militants met in its center.

Despite months of ceaseless talk by Kurdish fighters and pro-Kurdish media that paramilitary groups defending the city and the area around it would fight until the last drop of blood, in reality it was abandoned without resistance.

At the present time, residents from the Afrin area (particularly from the regional capital) and Kurdish fighters alike are streaming towards government lines in long convoys to escape from Turkish-backed forces.

Updates to follow.

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So after snubbing their noses at the Syrian Government because they thought the Americans would give them Kurdistan, the Syrian Kurds prefer to head to the Syrian Government lines rather than live under the Turkmen Arabs and their Turkish overlord.

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They probably will go to YPG held Federal cantons territory via the Federal roads that are used by all but terrorists in a mutual agreement

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Let’s think ,you all call Kurds traitors but rememder who was the first who beat IS when Turkish support them. I want to tell that it’s beter for Asaad to have crossline with Kurds not Turks.Now it’s a defeat for Kurds and Asaad also ,because now Turks will create at the north Syria a turkish protectorate like Cyprus and because i live in Cyprus i know what is mean turkish ocupation !

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Yes. That is the Sultan’s plan. For long he intends to stay.
Like Cyrus occupation that lasts for the better part of half
a century.

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I bet they are fleeing towards Raqqa and Deir Ezzor. Uncle Sam needs Kurdish mercenaries to occupy the al-Omar oil field. The rest is a theater. Kurdish leaders in Syria and Iraq are all on the CIA payroll.

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Fool me once, shame on you. Fool me twice, shame on me.

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You are probably right. Kurdish leaders betrayed their fighters.
They sold them to the US as mercenaries.

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The communist rats are running headless for their useless life. They lost a part of Syria through their arrogancy. They become traitors and another enemy to Syria. No more sympathy from here to them. Exterminate the vermin.

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They spared the civilians a fight in the town. IMHO that was wrong. But that does not make them vermin. I’d safe that insult for the Syrians that fought for the Sultan, the US President and the Gulf sheiks.

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Assad must stay
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Assad must stay

Kurds are brainless peoples?
They were acting against Syria 🙁

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They really are brainless, they didn’t want to leave Afrin to SAA, they left it to the Turkish terrorists instead – idiots.

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Espero no equivocarme, Erdogan y sus terroristas en un futuro se quedan con la parte invadida, así como lo hizo Israel con Altos de Golán en el Sur de Siria.

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YPG spared the civilians and the infrastructure. I personally would have rather send the civilians away and destroyed the city by fighting there.

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Nobody will stop you from doing that ‘personally’. But the war moved to another stage. We do not need to sacrifice the forces for an senseless Alamo.

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SHEHBA Sunday, 18 Mar 2018, 15:47 The Democratic Autonomous Administration of Afrin Canton held a press conference in Shehba and announced their decision to evacuate civilians from the city to avoid civilian massacres and a big humanitarian disaster. Officials from the canton administration and spokespersons for YPG/YPJ were present in the press conference where a statement was read out by Eecutive Council Co-president Osman Şêx İsa. “The heroic resistance of Afrin against the Turkish army and its collaborators- remnants of ISIS and Jabhat Al-Nusra gathered under the name of “Free Army”- has entered its 58th day. Attacks against Afrin began… Read more »