During the fighting near the town Hamdia (Golan heights) affiliated with “al-Qaeda” group “Hayat Tahrir al-sham” the militants were found with Israeli medical packages, which once again confirms the obvious fact that Israel also supports radical Islamist terrorist groups in Syria that are used to weaken the Syrian government. Earlier the network already got footage of Israel providing aid to militants on the border with the Golan heights, not to mention the strikes that the vast majority of case are carried out in the interests of jihadists.
On the one hand it is a common phenomenon, but in the current environment, when Turkey constantly spins the flywheel charges the Kurds of terrorism, this shooting and shelling on the border can be a handy excuse that would allow Turkey to finally justify the invasion of Afrin. Social.networks already walking called “the Sword of the Euphrates”, as a possible name of the operation the Turkish army by analogy with the operations of Dzharablus and al-Baba, who was called “the Shield of the Euphrates”. Various sources note the high concentration of Turkish troops and Turkish-controlled fighters vs Afrin.
Turkey has informed Russia on the possibility of a new military operation in Syria.
Nine phone conversations have been conducted between the General Staffs of Turkey and Russia over the past 10 days regarding the start of a new military operation in Syria, Turkish media outlets reported on June 29.
The Turkish military is about to launch an operation on Afrin to take the city from the YPG as the U.S. sticks to its statements saying its support for YPG is an essential although not preferred.
New reports regarding a massive Turkish Army build-up in northern Aleppo have emerged after military sources confirmed to local outlets that a large-scale offensive was brewing, aimed at driving the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) out of the Efrin region.
According to Kurdish activists in northern Syria, U.S. special operations forces were recently dispatched to the Kurdish-controlled city of Tal Abyad, near the Syria-Turkey border, as tensions flare in the fight against ISIS.
Officials in Baghdad would not confirm or deny the reports, citing operational security.
The Turkish military is gearing up for an all-out offensive on areas currently held by the PKK Syrian affiliate Democratic Union Party (PYD) and its People’s Protection Units (YPG) militia in northern Syria, military sources told Daily Sabah.
The Turkish military is expected to launch an operation near the Turkish border town of Kilis to take the PYD-held Afrin, Tell Rifaat and Minnigh Military Airport in a move that Ankara has insinuated for a while.
The Kurdish People’s Protection Units (YPG) and allied factions of the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) have brought military reinforcements to the northern countryside of Aleppo province to impede the Turkish progress towards Afrin district, military sources reported on Wednesday.
“The YPG and SDF today deployed more forces and armoured vehicles in northern Aleppo,” a YPG officer told ARA News.
Turkish Defence Minister Fikri Isik is meeting his American counterpart, James Mattis, in Brussels on Wednesday.
Their meeting comes ahead of a NATO Defence Ministers meeting on Thursday.
In the evening, reports appeared (mostly on pro-Turkish resources) that Russia allegedly relinquished military police forces from Afrin in those areas where the invasion of the Turkish army and the militants controlled by it can be started, and in the canton there are supposedly only 14 personnel.
According to other sources, including and in Afrin, the Russian contingent is still in Kafr Jana. No Official confirmations or denials of this yet. Over Afrin a Russian spy plane has been seen.
It is also worth noting that according to social networks, information is spread that Turkey is starting an offensive against the Afrin Kurds. Probably there are in view of the attack of pro-Turkish militants on the front at Tal-Rifat, which will be supported by Turkish artillery, tanks and automatic control systems, as well as shelling of the territory of Afrin.
Whether the Turks will decide on a full-scale attack of the Afrin Kurds, or everything as usual will be reduced to numerous petty provocations, we will see in the coming days.
Syrian Kurdish fighters of the People’s Protection Units (YPG) on Thursday shelled a Turkish army base near Afrin district northwest of Aleppo, military sources reported.
“In response to the Turkish aggression against our people in Afrin, the YPG targeted headquarters of Turkey’s military with heavy artillery,” a YPG spokesman told ARA News.
Despite the fact that the Americans showed the flag on the Syrian-Turkish border in Rojava, clashes between Kurds and Turks continued, and on both sides of the border. In Turkey, the army conducts regular operations in mountainous areas against the Kurdistan workers ‘ Party, reporting the killed PKK members and seized weapons. The Kurds in turn report that attempts to ground the activity of the Turkish army in ‘ Afrīn turned losses of the Turks in the form of several destroyed and damaged armored vehicles (judging by the video, that the Turks at lost at least 2 M-60) and from 17 to 24 killed and wounded.