After US attempts to mediate, Russia deployed troops to the area to stop an operation on the YPG in Afrin last year. On January 20, Turkey started the operation. Here is the importance of their strategy.
Syria's Afrin residents welcome Turkish forces with open arms
Here's a quick breakdown of the bloody history of PKK terror group and its Syrian offshoot YPG.
Why is Turkey’s military fighting the YPG in Afrin, Syria?
7 Feb 2018
Turkey has just launched a military campaign in Syria called ‘Operation Olive Branch’. The border mission aims to clear the area from terrorists. The YPG is an affiliate of the PKK, which NATO and its allies regard as a terrorist group.
Turkish Armed Forces say 153 targets, including shelters, hideouts and ammunition depots used by YPG/PKK and other terror groups, have been destroyed in Operation Olive Branch in Syria's Afrin.
Who are the PKK?
23 Jan 2018
The PKK has been designated a terrorist organisation by the US, the EU and Turkey. Since 1984, it has targeted and killed more than 7,000 civilians in terror attacks.
What does the US want to do in Syria?
22 Jan 2018
Over the weekend the US-led coalition said it was working with the YPG, the Syrian extension of the PKK terrorist organisation, to set up a 30,000-strong border force along Syria’s border with Iraq and Turkey.
How far will Operation Olive Branch extend in Syria?
Turkish Armed Forces capture strategic Bursaya mountain in northern Syria’s Afrin. The YPG/PKK have used the mountain previously to launch mortar shells and missiles into Kilis in Turkey and Azaz in Syria, Anadolu Agency reports.
Turkey’s operation in Afrin: Five things you need to know
Turkey and the US are at odds over the Pentagon's decision to arm the YPG in Syria. While Turkey insists that the YPG is a terrorist organisation, the US sees the group as a key ally in the battle against Daesh.
Women knit scarves for Turkish soldiers fighting in Afrin
23 Jan 2018
Turkish mothers are hand-knitting scarves and caps for Turkish soldiers part of the cross-border military operation against the Syrian Democratic Forces, known as the YPG, the PKK-affiliated armed Kurdish militia.
US admits to forming “terrorist army”, Erdogan says