BEIRUT, LEBANON (1:00 P.M.) – For the last three months, the Turkish military has been building up their forces around the Afrin Canton, sending convoy after convoy to this region in Aleppo’s northwestern countryside.

This Turkish military build-up has been cause for concern in the Afrin Canton as it has increased tensions in northwestern Aleppo and forced the predominately Kurdish People’s Protection Units (YPG) to reinforce the region.

Unlike the Hasakah and Al-Raqqa governorates, the Kurdish forces are not entrenched with the U.S. military, which is a serious problem given Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s latest threats.

Erdogan has repeatedly stated that his regime will not tolerate a “PKK” entity along their border, despite the fact that this area is under a de-escalation zone agreement.

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