The Turkish-made choppers used the guided air-to-ground CIRIT rockets -- also Turkish-made -- to hit numerous terrorist targets meticulously laser-marked beforehand by the ground forces, a military source told Anadolu Agency on condition of anonymity due to media restrictions.
The Anadolu Agency team on the ground also filmed the helicopter's shooting at terrorist targets. Designed for attack and reconnaissance missions, the helicopter is now produced by TAI and exported to militaries around the world. The operation aims to establish security and stability along Turkish borders and the region as well as to protect the Syrian people from the oppression and cruelty of terrorists, stated the Turkish General Staff.
Your opinions matter to us times. Kapat Send.Locals from Kobani Aleppo province, Syria threw stones and eggs at the joint Turkish-Russian patrols, videos show. The crowd gathered in Alishar village to express their displeasure towards the Russian and Turkish presence in northern Syria and the agreement between the two countries. Thus, the people of the village of Alishar in Kobani received Turkish patrols pic. The Russian-Turkish agreement fills the security vacuum created by the departure of U.
Following the withdrawal of the nearly 1, U. Amid concerns that the U. DefeatDaesh pic. Myles B. Reports claim that SAA elements have already entered Afrin canton and are establishing outposts.
With littile advances made on Syrian-Turkish borderlands, the Kurds engaged in a multilateral diplomacy with several parties involved in the war.
Afrin is not in the U. While U. Russia has already pulled-out, with no plans of re-deployment. The Syrian Forces remained more concerned regarding the Turkish intervention invoking sovereignty infringement and fearing that the territory will be de facto annexed or controlled by Ankara through a micro-governance of Rebel parties — as occurring in the Euphrates Shield area. A similar partnership was struck in late-March Overall, the Kurds and the Assad government have divergent views over the future of Syria, but have traditionally avoided direct confrontations, with the exceptions of several isolated episodes.
Operation Olive Branch forces have reportedly shelled the northern vicinity of the Nubl and Zahra villages in Aleppo, attempting to deter Syrian forces from crossing into Afrin. Kurdish volunteers from Aleppo city have also traveled to enforce YPG defensive positions within the canton.
However, Ankara will respond by re-escalating the situation in Idlib. However, a new faction emerged which claims direct affiliation with the Salafist terror group. Jaysh al-Malaheem was formed in late following mass defections from the HTS after the former had a public break-up with AQ; but has grown as media footprint online. The Turkistan Islamic Party is another hardline jihadist group with direct links to AQ, and significant resources on the ground.
This re-flamed the old tensions between Ahrar and HTS and brought the new Opposition coalition into direct confrontation with the jihadists in western Aleppo and south-eastern Idlib.
2019 Turkish offensive into north-eastern Syria
More to follow. The developments in Afrin and Idlib are natural response, and sequel to the deadlock reached between Turkey and the Loyalists regarding the previous failed deal. The re-escalation of tensions in Idlib, and the Syrian-blockade over Afrin provides new incentives to negotiate an additional, improved deal between the Astana signatory-actors. If that does not occur, chances are that the Syrian regime forces will remain and annex Afrin canton from the Kurds themselves.
The Turkish military intervention to clear Afrin has stagnated in the past weeks. Spearheaded by Syrian Rebels, operation Olive Branch failed to capture more than a few pockets of lands…. Spearheaded by Syrian Rebels, operation Olive Branch failed to capture more than a few pockets of lands on the borderlands. While the Kurdish defenses played a role, the key input in this deceleration can only be found in Idlib province.
Russia and the Loyalists were the ones that greenlighted operation Olive Branch after striking a deal with Turkey.Turkish and Allied victory  Partial Syrian Government victory . Per SOHR :  killed 11 killed. Per SOHR:  killed 29 killed. Per SDF: killed, 1, wounded, 73 captured  25 killed . Operation Euphrates Shield. Idlib operations. Operation Olive Branch. Spillover into Turkey. Third insurgency. On 6 Octoberthe Trump administration ordered American troops to withdraw from northeastern Syria, where the United States had been supporting its Kurdish allies.
Amnesty International stated that it had gathered evidence of war crimes and other violations committed by Turkish and Turkey-backed Syrian forces who are said to "have displayed a shameful disregard for civilian life, carrying out serious violations and war crimes, including summary killings and unlawful attacks that have killed and injured civilians". The Turkish operation was met with mixed responses from the international community.
Including condemnations  as well as support for the operation for the settlement of refugees in Northern Syria. The Syrian government initially criticized the SDF for the Turkish offensive, accusing it of separatism and not reconciling with the government, while at the same time also condemning the foreign invasion of Syrian territory.
On 17 OctoberU. Vice President Mike Pence announced that the U. The terms of the deal also included joint Russian—Turkish patrols 10 kilometers into Syria from the border, except in the city of Qamishli. The new ceasefire started at 12pm local time on 23 October. Like other regions in southeast Turkey, regions just north of the border with Syria have seen numerous PKK-related deaths. According to Crisis Group death toll analysis based upon Turkey government and Turkish media publications, the border regions north of SDF-controlled areas alone had 8 Turkey security forces and 5 civilians killed in PKK related violences for and before the offensive.
Recent increase in jobless rate and electoral collaboration of opposition parties lead to significant AKP defeats in the Istanbul mayoral electionsignaling difficulties for the leadership party.
Turkey and the United States struck a deal in August after months of Turkish threats to unilaterally invade northern Syria. The agreement established the Northern Syria Buffer Zonewhich aimed to reduce tensions by addressing Turkey's security concerns with monitoring and joint patrols, while still allowing the NES to retain control over the areas that it had under its control at that time.
Turkey's dissatisfaction led to numerous Turkish efforts to expand the area covered by the buffer zone, secure Turkish control over parts of it, or relocate millions of refugees into the zone, with all of these efforts failing in the face of firm SDF resistance and American ambivalence. Despite the official start of U. On 8 Octoberthe Turkish military reportedly bombed a convoy of weapons vehicles heading from Iraq into Syria destined for the SDF.
However the SDF did not retaliate for the attack, and no casualties were reported as a result of the air strike. The U. He said that the United States must not leave before stabilizing the area. The operation [n.Local ground forces Syrian Democratic Forces.
Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant    . Turkistan Islamic Party . Lawson until February Abu Jaber Shaykh —  . United States: 9 servicemen killed    17 Government contractors killed  1 F crashed  1 V Osprey crashed  3 drones lost    Jordan: 1 serviceman executed  1 F crashed  2 drones lost  United Kingdom: 1 serviceman killed  2 SAS operators wounded . Ahrar al-Sham:.
Since earlythe U. During the Syrian Civil War, which began inthe U.
At least two U. The U. In mid-Januarythe Trump administration indicated its intention to maintain an open-ended military presence in Syria to counter Iran's influence and oust Syrian president Bashar al-Assad.
Inthe coalition saw decisive results in its intervention against ISIL, when it lost its last remaining territory in Syria in the March Battle of Baghuz Fawqani. On 23 November the head of U.
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Central Command stated there was no "end date" on the U. United States diplomatic cables leaked by WikiLeaks have been seen as showing that regime change in Syria may have been a covert foreign policy goal of the U.
A memorandum by U. We believe Bashar's weaknesses are in how he chooses to react to looming issues, both perceived and real, such as This cable summarizes our assessment of these vulnerabilities and suggests that there may be actions, statements and signals that the USG can send that will improve the likelihood of such opportunities arising.
These proposals will need to be fleshed out and converted into real actions and we need to be ready to move quickly to take advantage of such opportunities.Help us continue to fight human rights abuses.
Please give now to support our work. In Januarythe PYD and allied parties established an interim administration in these areas. They have formed councils akin to ministries, courts and a police force, and introduced a new constitutional law. This report documents a range of human rights abuses in these PYD-controlled areas with emphasis on Jazira, which Human Rights Watch visited in February The report focuses on arbitrary arrests, abuse in detention, due process violations, unsolved disappearances and killings, and the use of children in PYD security forces.
It does not examine alleged restrictions by PYD-led authorities on free speech and association, or alleged violations against the local, non-Kurdish communities. The background chapter summarizes abuses in the areas by Islamist non-state armed groups. SinceHuman Rights Watch has documented serious abuses perpetrated by the Syrian government and non-state actors in Syria, some of which amount to war crimes and crimes against humanity. While the human rights abuses committed by the PYD and its security forces are far less egregious and widespread, they are nonetheless serious.
As the de facto authority, the PYD is obliged under international human rights law to grant the people in the areas it controls — Kurds, Arabs, Syriacs, and others — their fundamental rights. Human Rights Watch heard credible allegations of dozens of similar arbitrary arrests.
The PYD denies holding any political prisoners and said the men whose cases we documented were arrested for criminal acts, such as drug trafficking and bomb attacks.
The judges apparently convicted the defendants only on the basis of their confessions, and disregarded complaints that investigators had extracted confessions with torture. The struggle for power among the Kurds aside, the PYD-run justice system is marred by problems that undermine due process and fair trial rights. In addition to the politically colored cases above, Human Rights Watch documented violations against individuals who were detained for common crimes.
The police, known as Asayish, regularly failed to present a warrant when making an arrest, according to those arrested or their relatives. Detained individuals either did not know they had the right to a lawyer or they lacked the money to pay for one. This contradicted local officials, who said detainees were promptly granted access to a lawyer. Current and former detainees also complained about the length of time in detention before seeing an investigative judge, in two cases more than a month.
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An effort by the PYD-led authorities to reform Syrian laws is complicating the justice system. Although some Syrian laws discriminate against Kurds or violate other human rights standards, the changes are happening in a haphazard and non-transparent manner, leaving lawyers and detainees confused. The authorities should only amend Syrian laws to bring them into compliance with international human rights standards. C hanges to existing laws, rules and regulations should be promptly published and distributed.
The constitutional law introduced in Januarycalled the Social Contract see Appendix Iupholds some important human rights standards but neglects to stipulate a number of core principles, such as the prohibition on arbitrary detention, the right to prompt judicial review, and the right to a lawyer in criminal proceedings. In a positive development, the contract bans the use of the death penalty. Article 25 of the Social Contract prohibits the physical or mental abuse of detained persons.
Nevertheless, some detainees told Human Rights Watch that Asayish or YPG members had beaten them in custody and were never held to account. Human Rights Watch was unable to determine the full extent of detainee abuse in PYD-controlled areas, but evidence gathered shows that such abuse does take place, in two recent cases leading to death.
The Asayish said the man killed himself by striking his head against a wall, but a person who saw the body said the wounds — including deep bruises around the eyes and a laceration on the back of the neck — were inconsistent with self-inflicted blows to the head. The Qamishli facility was holding 17 people for different common crimes, all of them men. Malikiyah prison had 15 people for a similar range of crimes, two of them women. Detainees in both facilities reported adequate conditions: prisoners got food three times a day, exercise at least once per day, and were able to see a doctor.
The two women in Malikiyah prison were held in a separate cell, but the men in Qamishli and Malikiyah prisons were held together, regardless if they were accused of a minor or serious crime. The Asayish denied holding detainees in any other places. The PYD has denied responsibility for them all, but the lack of credible investigations stands in contrast to the policing response after other security incidents, such as the rapid mass arrests after most bomb attacks.
Human Rights Watch also found that, despite promises in from the Asayish and YPG to stop their use of children under age 18 for military purposes, the problem persists in both forces. In FebruaryHuman Rights Watch saw two armed Asayish members in Jazira who said they were under 18, and two others who looked under 18 but were told by their commanders not to give their ages. Human Rights Watch also interviewed a year-old boy who said he had joined the YPG the previous year.These plans are all foiled.
Their most distant encroachment is about 5 kilometres deep.
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In Burseya mountain they only advanced about metres. But this is not true. If they are that brave first enter Afrin then talk about Manbij. What they say about Manbij is nothing more than a bluff…. They try to hide this fact from Turkish society by using all they have. The fact is the Turkish army and its Al-Qaeda allies have failed. Despite the limits placed on news getting out of the besieged region, it is clear that village after village stretching from the Turkish border to the city of Afrin itself continues to be bombed or hit with artillery or rocket fire and in many of these villages a bitter engagement between protagonists appears to move back and forth.
Instead, it appears now that the Turkish war machine is relying on its bombing campaign, making the most of its NATO-membership-advanced technology; which should make one wonder how the majority of European citizens would feel knowing their tax euros were being channeled into bombing Kurdish and Arab farmers and their families into the ground, similar to Mr.
Anadolu Agency, the state-run news agency of the Turkish government once more gave its update for week 3 :. Of course, all these things will happen. The invader Turkish army bombed homes and the school building in Meydanke village in the Shera district at 03h00 on Tuesday. The water treatment plant, which provides clean water for the canton, was bombed by the Turkish army. The plant was repaired by engineers. The villages of Rajo were bombed by Turkish artillery until the early hours of Wednesday.
Civilian areas were hit during the bombardment. The Turkish army and its gangs launched an attempt to advance on Bablika village and as SDF forces responded, the invasion army had to retreat to its original position. The villages of Sharawa were attacked by the invasion Turkish army at 10h00 on Wednesday morning.
After suffering heavy losses, the Turkish army and its gangs are attacking the Sheikhorze village since Tuesday evening.T129 ATAK
Heavy fighting erupted as SDF forces responded and dozens of casualties were reported on the Turkish side. During the Turkish bombardment of the region, the army used an unknown weapon. Many of our fighters had difficulty in breathing.
Our forces launched simultaneous actions against Turkish military positions in Sheikhhorze and Tobala villages. Both positions were cleared of invaders and the enemy suffered many casualties. Five Turkish soldiers and gangs were killed during the fighting in Kure Hill and SDF fighters found 20 more bodies in the area. Its stated aim is to document alleged human rights abuses in Syria.
Those killed include officers and gang leaders. During the same period, one drone and 43 tanks were destroyed, while 22 tanks and military vehicles were damaged.Oktay stressed that Turkey will not allow the establishment of any terrorist corridor or state throughout its borders and that the operation will continue until northern Syria is cleared from terrorists. Another object of the operation is creating a safe area for Syrian refugees living in Turkey to return to their own homeland on a voluntary base.
Oktay emphasized that Turkey has "a very strong" record of separating civilians from the terrorist, reminding of the country's previous operations in Syria, Euphrates Shield and Olive Branch, and said: "So, we were maybe one of the best in the entire world separating those two forms from each other. Anti-polio campaign resumes after being suspended since four months. Without sufficient data confirming the existence of terrorists in a specific point, Turkey will not and does not strike those points, he added.
Govt denies announcing 'secret' ordinance for Kulbhushan Jadhav. Ankara has also stressed that supporting terrorists, under the pretext of fighting Daesh is unacceptable. Turkey has a kilometer miles border with Syria and it has long decried the threat from terrorists east of the Euphrates River and the formation of a "terrorist corridor" there.
Turkey plans to resettle two million Syrians in a km-wide miles proposed safe zone in Syria, stretching from the Euphrates River to the Iraqi border, including Manbij. Govt failed to defeat mafia, masses left on mercy of profiteers: ICCI representative. Govt failed to defeat mafia, masses left on mercy of profiteers: ICCI Ankara has freed an area of 4, square km 1, square miles in Syria from terrorist groups in two separate cross-border operations.
Turkey has suffered greatly from Daesh attacks inside the country. More than people have been killed in attacks claimed by Daesh in Turkey, where the terrorist group has targeted civilians in suicide bombings and armed attacks in recent years.
Govt urged to focus on all sectors equivalently to revive economic activities. Govt urged to focus on all sectors equivalently to revive economic In its more than year terror of campaign against Turkey, the PKK — listed as a terrorist organization by Turkey, the U. Anadolu PM October 11, Top Stories.