BEIRUT, LEBANON (1:00 P.M.) – Turkish intelligence officers have reportedly informed the rebel forces in the Afrin region of northwest Aleppo that their next battle will be east of the Euphrates River.
Citing reliable sources which attended the meeting held in Afrin city, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR) reported that the Euphrates Shield troops were informed to get ready to redeploy to a new front against the Kurdish-led People’s Protection Units (YPG).
“Turkish Intelligence deliberately directed its talk to all the factions and specified those factions whose fighters are descendent (sic) from areas in Deir Ezzor, Al-Raqqah and Al-Hasakah provinces, in order to create a sedition between the Kurdish and the Arabs in the area, and the Turkish forces tend to send Kurdish fighters loyal to them in the incoming battle of the east of the Euphrates so that their intention to create a sedition will not be revealed, and the Syrian Observatory published hours ago,” they reported.
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said earlier this week that his country’s forces were going to launch a new military operation against “terrorist groups” east of the Euphrates River.
The alleged “terrorist groups” Erdogan mentioned were the YPG and SDF, who he claims are offshoots of the outlawed Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK).