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BEIRUT, LEBANON (2:30 P.M.) – The Turkish-backed rebels continued their advance in the Afrin region of Aleppo, today, targeting the YPG’s positions at the Jandaris axis.

Led by the Free Syrian Army’s (FSA) Al-Sham Regiment, the Turkish-backed rebels were able to capture the entire town of Al-Muhammadiyah after fierce battle this morning.

Following this advance, the Turkish-backed rebels were able to expand on their buffer-zone along the Idlib-Afrin border, seizing several hilltops from the YPG forces, including the Omarah Hill and its corresponding tower.

This latest advance by the Turkish-backed rebels comes after the heavy overnight bombardment in the Afrin region by the Turkish Air Force.

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That is no buffer-zone but an area Turkey has conquered and will hold. Like Hatay and Northern Cyprus. Remember Hatay had 46% Arabs (28% Alawites, 10% Sunni, 8% Christians), 39% Turks, 11% Armenians before the Turkish occupation. Now there are mostly Turks. In Afrin Arabs and Kurds will be a minority soon.

p.s. Unless someone helps the Kurds to beat back the Turks and their ghazi.

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I’ve been saying this for months – no country will ever, ever, go to war with Turkey on behalf of Kurds or Arabs in Afrin or anywhere else. Turkey operates just like Israel or US, attack, invade, occupy and defy anyone to stop them, No-one does. Hence Israel took and annexed Golan (1973), Turkey took Northern Cyprus (1974) Both still there, no going anywhere.

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Maybe the start of the “big push ” thrust line NE parallel to Afreen river ? or not ! My earlier take : It has always been the intent to kettle the Afreen Kurds in a 50 x 50 km kill sack and this has come as no surprise. However our appreciation was that Turkey would launch a conventional pincer movement , mech/armor brigade from the Reyhanli salient up the river valley , axis Jindeeris – Afreen combined with advance from Marea and Azaz westwards, all supported by close air support , artillery, and securing tactical objectives en-route with heliborne… Read more »