Today in the attack on Afrin launched with Russia’s permission
The Turkish army has launched an operation to invade Afrin with approval from Russia, and has started bombing dozens of areas including Afrin city center with fighter jets. Kurdish institutions are calling for mobilization in four parts of Kurdistan.
The Turkish state has started bombing the Afrin center and Cindirêsê, Reco, Shera, Shêrawa and Mabeta districts with 72 fighter jets after getting approval from Russia.
The Turkish army and their gangs derived from ISIS started bombing with Russia’s approval after their attacks yesterday were broken.
HARSH RETALIATION FROM YPJ/YPG
6 gang members were killed and another 17 were wounded last night in the Turkish army and FSA gangs’ attacks against YPG/YPJ and self defense forces in various points in Afrin and the Shehba region.
COULDN’T ADVANCE ON LAND
The Turkish state failed to advance on land, and after getting approval from Russia, launched a bombing with fighter jets this evening in Afrin city center and districts. First reports say 10 civilians have been wounded in the bombings, 3 of them in critical condition. 2 of the wounded civilians are minors, one of whom, a 7-year-old, died later on.
FIRST ATTACK WAS ON AFRIN CENTER
72 Turkish fighter jets started bombing the Afrin center and districts at 16.10 today. The first attack was made on Afrin’s Ashrafiya neighborhood, the Aqbiye, Belilka, Hecika, Ayn Daqna and Beluniye villages and the Belil Mountain.
Turkish fighter jets then bombed the Kurdo, Shengiliye and Sheyxura villages of the Raco district, the Xezawiye and Kifera villages of the Sherawa district and the Hac Hesna village of the Cinderes district.
MILITARY DISPATCH CONTINUES
The invading Turkish state’s scout planes are still active in the Afrin and Shehba region while the Turkish state has reportedly positioned 10 tanks, 5 Akrep type armored vehicles and large numbers of soldiers and gangs on the Mercoq hill across from the Baliya village in the Bilbile district.
MINIX MILITARY BASE BOMBED
Meanwhile, the gangs allied to the Turkish state have been attacking the Tal Rifat town and the Shehba Dam with Howitzers. Then the invading Turkish army’s fighter jets started to bomb the Minix Military Airbase.
RUSSIA: “WE HAVE WITHDRAWN OUR SOLDIERS”
Russia’s approval of the Turkish state for the invasion has been officialized with the statement by the Russian Defense Ministry that they have “repositioned” Russian soldiers in Afrin “for security reasons”. Russia’s statement said the “Ceasefire Watch Center (was) moved to Tal Rifat”.
WEAK STATEMENT BY IRAN
The third partner of Russia and the invading Turkish state in the Astana talks where the Syrian crisis was discussed, Iran, issued a statement that said the invasion operation could affect the “Syrian National Dialogue Congress” to be held in Sochi.
STATEMENT FOR INVASION BY THE TURKISH HITLER
The Turkish fighter jets started bombing Afrin with Turkish President Tayyip Erdoğan’s statement of, “We no longer care what the US says. The Afrin operation has de facto launched in the field. This will be followed by an operation on Manbij.”
STATEMENT BY ERDOĞAN’S PARTNER
On the invasion operation, Erdoğan’s comrade in animosity against Kurds, MHP Leader Devlet Bahçeli said: “I hope it will end well for our state and our nation. May Allah make our army prevail.”
TURKISH RELIGIOUS AFFAIRS ISSUE FATWA FOR AFRIN
Erdoğan’s invasion operation did not go unnoticed by the Religious Affairs Directorate either. Turkish Religious Affairs Director Ali Erbaş sent an order to all mosques and told them to read the Conquest Surah for the soldiers to take part in the Afrin invasion. The order said, “After tonight’s isha prayers and tomorrow’s fajr prayers, the Conquest Surah will be read in all our mosques so the transfrontier operation our heroic security forces have launched against terrorist organizations that threaten our fatherland and our peace, and we will pray for our army and our nation. We request compliance with the given program from all our officers.”
THE INVASION IS CALLED “OLIVE BRANCH”
According to the Turkish state’s official agency, the invasion operation is called the “Operation Olive Branch”. Turkish government spokesperson Bekir Bozdağ claimed the invasion operation “is in line with international law and is legitimate”.
Turkish Prime Ministr Binali Yıldırım said, “The TAF has launched the operation by land and air.” Turkish invasion army also issued a statement that claims “Operation Olive Branch has launched as of 17.00. By 18.30, 108 out of the 113 predetermined PYD/PKK targets have been hit. All the casualties and the wounded brought to hospitals are from the PYD/PKK.”
ONE MORE STEP TOWARDS “BROTHER ASSAD”
Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu was the one who signalled that the Turkish state could reconcile with the Syrian regime, dubbed “Murderer Assad” by them for years, in return for animosity towards Kurds. Çavuşoğlu said, “Like in the Euphrates Shield operation, we are sending written notices to the Syrian regime beforehand.”
At the same time the invasion attempt started, the Turkish state’s partner in Idlib, the Hayat Tahrir Al Sham (formerly known as Al Nusra) handed the Ebu Zuhur Airport to the east of Idlib over to the Baath regime forces, which drew some attention.
SDF: “TURKEY IS OFFERING ISIS NEW OPPORTUNITIES”
Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) General Command issued a statement on the invasion operation and said the Turkish state is offering ISIS new opportunities with their attacks. The statement also said, “We demand Turkey stop its threats and attacks at once, and call on the international public to prioritize the struggle against ISIS and search for a political solution to the crisis in Syria.”
KCDK-E: “URGENT ACTION”
Kurdish institutions called for mobilization and urgent action for Afrin in statements issued after the Turkish invasion operation started.
European Kurdish Democratic Societies Congress (KCDK-E) called on all Kurdistanis in Europe for urgent action.
TEV-DEM CALLS FOR MOBILIZATION
Democratic Society Movement (TEV-DEM) issued a statement and called on the people of Rojava, all Kurdistanis and democratic circles for mobilization. TEV-DEM Executive Council Co-chair Aldar Xelil asked Kurdish youth to flock to the resistance front for the YPG/YPJ.
HDP: “THE INVASION IS UNACCEPTABLE”
Peoples’ Democratic Party also objected to the Turkish state’s aerial attack on Afrin. HDP called the attacks an “invasion attempt” and said, “This attack is an attack made to destroy the Kurdish people’s demand for freedom. This invasion attempt by the Erdoğan regime is unacceptable.”
CALL ON ALL FOUR PARTS TO DEFEND AFRIN
Northern Syrian Federation Executive Council Co-presidency called on all Kurds in Northern Syria and in all four parts of Kurdistan to stand against the attacks. The statement said, “We are calling on our citizens in all four parts of Kurdistan to take to the streets and stand against this vile attack on Afrin.”
STOP THE WAR AGAINST KURDS!
International Popular Movements protested the Turkish state’s attack on Afrin and said, “The Turkish state’s attack on Afrin means the start of a new bloody process.” The statement titled “Turkey stop the war against Kurds #DefendAfrin” called on Russia and the international public to stop the attacks.