Syrian government tank being transported to eastern Afrin (Source: Rabea Kalawandy / Al-Alam News Network).
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BEIRUT, LEBANON (6:50 A.M.) – Syrian government forces are rushing armor and troops towards Kurdish-held areas of eastern Afrin (in Aleppo province) to secure two imperative locations, the Menagh military airport and the town of Tal Riffat.

According to a report by Al-Alam journalist Rabea Kalawandy, the latest reinforcement convoy sent by the Syrian military to eastern Afrin consisted of a company of tanks and soldiers.

It is still not entirely clear if the new troops and heavy equipment being sent to Afrin are from the National Defence Forces (official Syrian national paramilitary) or the actual Syrian Army.

In any case, it has become apparent that a new wave of Syrian government forces (in one form or another) are being sent to Afrin to lock-down key military sites, urban centers and checkpoint areas.

The degree to which such actions by Syrian forces are being coordinated with Ankara, still in the midst of its ‘Olive Branch’ offensive against Kurdish fighters in the region, is also unknown.

Source: Rabea Kalawandy (Al-Alam News Network)

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Stern Daler

Agreement with YPG, Ankara or Russia – that is here the question.

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George King

The previous NDF (SAA does not participate) groups came from 2 of 3 Kurdish areas of Aleppo where Kurdish gangs held strict control and taxing of residents and controlled all functions of administration not the Damascus goverment.

The question is where did this latest group come from and if not by the directive of Damascus it is fair game for Turks with no intervention from Damascus to help US backed YPG/PKK separatist north of the Euphrates River.

Has this been so hard to follow? The press releases from YPG and SDF might as well be from MSM.

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Useless as long as they do not ‘rush’ the air defence also.