Turkey began its operation in the Kurdish-dominated Afrin last week after the US had announced that it would start training a border protection force comprising the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), affiliated with the Kurdish People’s Protection Units (YPG), which Turkey considers to be a terrorist group.
Kurdish militia has downed two Turkish reconnaissance Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAV) in the village of Adama, northern Syria, the Syrian Democratic Forces’ (SDF) media center has reported Saturday.
Beyond that, the media center stated that the SDF forces also attacked a Turkish military convoy in the Chia district, killing two Turkish soldiers.
According to the report, Turkey continues to bomb Afrin, especially the districts of Jabal Bafalon and Chia. The SDF, in their turn, is repelling the attacks of the Turkish forces, supported by the Free Syrian Army, on Qastal Ma’af, which is the point of strategic importance and has managed to destroy an armored vehicle.
Turkey has been conducting the Olive Branch military operation in the Kurdish-dominated Syrian town of Afrin since January 20. The town is controlled by the US-backed Kurdish People’s Protection Units (YPG), which is considered to be affiliated with the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK), designated as a terrorist group by Turkey and several other countries.
Despite opposition to the operation by many members of the international community, Ankara has stressed that the advance is not aimed against the Syrian government, calling the territorial integrity of Syria its mutual goal with Damascus.
Damascus has, however, denounced the operation as a violation of Syria’s sovereignty. For its part, Russia has called upon all parties involved to exercise restraint and respect Syria’s territorial integrity.