Over 1600 Terrorists 'Neutralised' By Turkey In Syria

Bekir Bozda

The agreement underscores the increasingly complex situation in northern Syria where Kurdish groups, the Syrian government, rebel groups, Turkey, the United States and Russian Federation are tangled in a complex web of enmities and alliances. Turkish forces are fighting alongside Syrian Arab fighters opposed to Damascus.

Local doctors and Syria's state-run news agency say six civilians suffered breathing difficulties and other symptoms indicative of poison gas inhalation after an attack launched by Turkey on the Kurdish-controlled enclave of Afrin.

The PKK which is based in Turkey, Iraq and parts of Syria has been involved in an armed conflict with Turkey for the past few years.

There was no immediate comment from the Syrian military.

"Afrin is an integral party of the Syrian Arab Republic", Mr Mikdad said on Wednesday last week, Rudaw reported.

Smoke rises on the mountains as seen from Northern Afrin countryside, Syria, February 15, 2018.

The U.S. has provided support to YPG as they fought to rid Syria of ISIS, but has indicated that it is against a Kurdish movement for autonomy.




Jia Kurd said the agreement that had been reached with Damascus was purely military and that no wider political arrangements had been made yet.

"When it comes to the political and administrative matters in [Afrin], it will be agreed upon with Damascus in the later stages through direct negotiations and discussions", he told Reuters.

He added that there was opposition to the deal that could prevent it being implemented: "We don't know to what extent these understandings will last because there are sides that are not satisfied and want to make (the understandings) fail".

The Syrian government has allowed some Kurdish fighters, civilians and politicians to reach Afrin through its territory, representatives of both sides have told Reuters in recent weeks. Turkey considers YPG to be a terrorist organization.

The official says that they are aware of the reports, but can not confirm them and called for the protection of civilians.

Members of Free Syrian Army (Turkey-backed) fighters tour with their guns as they hold Turkish and their flag in the Syria city of Azez, near the Syrian-Turkish border, on January 19, 2018.

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