It's been nearly three years since a new governance and security infrastructure was put in place in Afrin, Syria - but the menace of terror still haunts its people.
Three civilians, including two children, are dead and 12 others wounded from detonation of explosive-laden vehicles in northern Syria.
YPG/PKK terrorists continue to carry out attacks but do not claim responsibility as they end up harming civilians, according to local security sources.
If the heinousness of yesterday's terror attack in Afrin won’t move PKK/YPG sympathisers, including some international observers, then what will?
YPG/PKK terrorists carried out the attack in Afrin using fuel tanker armed with bombs, Turkish defence ministry says.
The explosive-laden vehicle detonated in a grocery market in the city's centre.
Damascus has had a tactical relationship with the PKK since the 1970s, when the terror group was in its infancy. Now the old ties are being renewed in light of Turkey's military operation in northern Syria.
The casualty figure, provided by locals and rescuers, is preliminary and is expected to rise.
The blast struck an entrance to the city, killing civilians including children, the UK-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights says.
Turkey’s interior minister Suleyman Soylu says Syrians went back to their homes thanks to peace in Afrin and other areas after Turkish military operations.
A local musician is trying to preserve his cultural values through music as Monday marks the one year anniversary since Afrin was liberated from the YPG terror group as part of Turkey's Operation Olive Branch.
Turkey liberated Afrin from the YPG almost a year ago. With the region free of terror an important source of income for local farmers – olive oil – is enjoying a revival.
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