Ground troops of the Turkish army are Sunday the Kurdish enclave of Afrin in northern Syria entered. That news has been confirmed by the Turkish prime minister Binali Yildirim. The grondoperatie would, according to the state news agency Anadolu also fighters of the Free Syrian Army participating.
After eight days of artilleriebeschietingen across the border, launched Turkey Saturday ‘Operation olive branch’ to the Kurdish militias from Afrin to expel and the enclave of terrorists to liberate’. During the action would be 72 Turkish fighter planes 108 targets of the YPG militias bombarded.
That Kurdish Volksbeschermingseenheden, according to Ankara in Turkey banned Kurdish separatist movement PKK to be linked to, but enjoy in the fight against IS in Syria, the support of Washington. In the bombing of Saturday would ten deaths, including six or seven citizens.
After the Syrian fighters by Turkey, supported Saturday their ground offensive against Afrin started, its Sunday so also Turkish troops, the region entered. They would be accompanied by units of the Free Syrian Army, which Ankara trained. It is unknown how many troops Turkey bet, nor what their immediate goal is. How, then, also wants Turkey along its border with Syria, a thirty kilometre-wide ‘safety zone’ to install.