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BEIRUT, LEBANON (12:05 P.M.) – Kurdish paramilitary forces of the People’s Protection Units (YPG) have endured horrific losses over the course of Turkey’s ‘Olive Branch’ operation in the Afrin region of Syria’s Aleppo province.

The near two-month long offensive by the Turkish Armed Forces and proxy militias under its command saw – for the first time ever – Syrian Kurdish forces dual it out with an opponent with vastly superior firepower resources.

Syrian conflict monitor sources are now reporting that from the point of the initial incursion of Turkish-backed forces into Afrin’s countryside until the capture of the regional capital (the city of Afrin) on Sunday, Kurdish paramilitary ranks suffered around 1,500 fighters killed in action

This statistic is far more believable that Ankara’s claim that around four thousand YPG and Islamic State (a complete lie stated for political purposes only) fighters have been killed.

In any case, 1,500 fighters is a huge number to lose on just one battlefront during less than two months.

Turkish airstrikes and artillery bombardment are widely believed to be the main source of YPG losses since the start of the Afrin operation.

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Assad must stay
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Sad. But they choose to stay alone.

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No IMHO – Their leaders sacrificed and thus betrayed them to play the US card.

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a Kurds choose a wrong decision, they should handing over Afrin to government at a first place, a Kurds is too arrogant. a stupid kurdish peoples.

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Andrew Illingworth’s statistics are credible than Erdogan’s.

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Add stu pidity (or crim inal indifference for own soldiers’ life) to airstrikes and artillery.

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Absolutely. And their leaders betrayed them.

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The ‘sources’ counted the civilians in. 820 resistance fighters inluding the internationalists is – sadly – true. However, he AKP terrorists committed another war crime from the air yesterday: AFRIN Sunday, 18 Mar 2018, 11:28 Turkish warplanes attacked a vehicle convoy carrying more than 300 civilians in Jindires on Saturday. Locals say that the convoy was carrying more than 300 civilians and most of them were killed in the attack. Sources inside the Afrin city center also say that several civilians were massacred by the Turkish bombing. In a rare interview, a person still inside Afrin said that Turkish soldiers… Read more »

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Only terrorists are in FSA and in Turkish armed forces/government!
High time to consider balkanisation of Turkey, it’s a terrorist state! We all have to face reality and take our responsibilities.

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Kurds say, they lost less than 300 men. And they really fought only at the beginning

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Since the start of attacks, 500 civilians including children, women and elderly have been martyred at the hands of Turkish state fascism and more than 1030 others got wounded. Apart from that, 820 SDF fighters have fallen as martyrs.
https://anfenglish.com/rojava/afrin-administration-the-war-has-moved-to-another-stage-25570
This figures looks me believable.

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820 sounds more realistic than Turkish figures. Because the Kurds fought from prepared positions on a turf they knew.
The higher loses than the Turkish attackers were from material superiority of the attackers.