BEIRUT, LEBANON (8:45 P.M.) – Following the intervention of Syrian government forces into Afrin on Tuesday, military activity between the warring factions and violence in general across the region has significantly reduced.

With a direct advance into the mountainous heartland of the Afrin now blocked by the presence of pro-Damascus forces (who are to serve as border guards once affairs are properly settled), the Turkish Army and allied proxy militias will now turn their attention to securing the last handful of villages along the stretch of Syrian-Turkish border than runs through the region.

Once securing the immediate depth of the Syrian-Turkish border, Ankara will most likely call victory and disengage from the active phase of its offensive operation in Afrin.

To this end, key striking units of the Turkish Army will be pulled out of Afrin and their positions filled with sentry forces and proxy fighters from allied militia.

Whether or not Ankara then takes on another major operation against Syrian Kurdish fighters elsewhere across the country is yet to be seen.

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Daeshbags Sux
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They’ll probably attack Manbij, thus there are US militaries there, and US don’t like anyone shooting at their troops…
Wouldn’t it be amusing if Erdogan ended in Gitmo? I bet the CIA has a zillion nasty things on him…

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Waterboarding?

Datuk Bandar
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No, on him they will use garlic sauce instead of water as that is fitter for erDogs.

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Garlic is for undead. Erdolfs You mean. Like Adolf?

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Gustavo Lopez Velazquez

If Turkey wants to have some credibility about its acts, one would Turkey attacking USA basis in kurds side (kurds are USA puppets). That would be very nice to see from Turkey. Of course, that will never happen since Turkey-USA are very closed friends.

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Have a big moth and small d**k. Not attack US.

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Neither regime army nor Pro-Damascus forces can be rival against Turkish Army. Besides, Turks haven’t totally engage the operations in Afrin Region yet, only special forces of Turkish Army got involved sometimes to the clashes. Turkey backed jihadist groups have substantially carried out the operations until now. Turks will not end the operations in Afrin region without entering the town center of Afrin, since Erdoğan is very busy now to use this operation for domestic policy in Turkey.

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jvanguts .

I think its all a plot cooked up by putin to give the turks something while convincing the kurds to bring in assad for “protection” pure brilliance

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Perhaps this was the plan all along – Turkey has fulfilled 3 objectives 1) created a buffer zone beyond its border 2) Brought pro-Assad fighers in, which is probably the beginning of the end of YPG rule in Afrin 3) Brought the Americans to the table on Manbij Maybe Erdogan isnt as silly as he sounds sometimes, the “we will attack Afrin then move on to Manbij” stuff was from the Trump “threaten the worst” school of negotiation (e.g. we will cancel NAFTA) That would certainly be more sensible than actually trying to take Afrin city, which requires destroying it.… Read more »