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Turkish Army Attempting to Prevent Syrian Popular Forces’ Deployment in Afrin

20 February 2018 17:14

 

Ankara is attempting to block the Syrian popular forces’ deployment in Afrin in Northern Syria to halt clashes between the Kurds and the Turkish army, media sources reported on Tuesday.

The Arabic-language al-Mayadeen news channel confirmed that several routes in Marimin, Bastouleh and Jabal al-Ahlam which were due to be used by the Syrian volunteer forces to enter Afrin have been attacked by the Turkish army.

It also quoted Kurdish sources as saying that the Syrian army forces have not yet entered Afrin, adding that the logistic affairs have postponed their deployment.

Meantime, the Arabic-language al-Masdar news website reported that the Syrian army forces are present in two regions in Nobl al-Zahra near Afrin and have not received order to enter Afrin yet.

Arab media outlets reported on Monday that the Syrian government troops will deploy in Afrin region in coming hours after Damascus and the Kurdish militia in Northwestern Aleppo eventually reached an agreement on the presence of the army and popular forces in the region.

The state-run SANA news agency reported that the Syrian popular forces will enter Afrin to face the Turkish military aggression.

Also, Al-Mayadeen TV reported that agreement on deployment of the army forces in Afrin is nearing implementation and might go into force in coming hours.

Al-Mayadeen further quoted Spokesman for Democratic Society Movement Abdulrahman Salman as saying that the army’s arrival in Afrin will give a crushing response to the Turkey.

Salman hoped for further agreements between the Kurds and Damascus to foil threats against Syria.

Al-Mayadeen pointed out that the Syrian Army has been in control of military points in Qastal, Jandou and Ein Daqna since the start of the Turkish army operation in Afrin.

It added that a non-military delegation from Sheikh Maqsoud region in the Northern part of Aleppo city and the town of Manbij have entered Afrin for supporting the agreement.

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