note: hundreds of journalists have been jailed in Turkey and exiled reporters have received death threats on state TV.. “Blow the brains out of three or five of them. Look how frightened they’ll be,” (see link below post). This post is shared public information and does not necessarily reflect the views of the blogger.
SDF: Turkish attacks on Afrin repelled and the area was cleared of gangs
AFRIN (ANF) – Syrian Democratic Forces General Command released a statement about the latest situation in the Turkish state’s invasion operation against Afrin Canton of Rojava.
Full text of the statement is as follows;
“Turkey tries to realize its plans on the region by deceiving the peoples of the region. Turkish occupation army, with the mercenaries it has long been training in Turkey, wants to sow the seeds of hostility between Arab and Kurdish entities of Afrin.
Turkish occupation army and its mercenaries tried to invade parts of Afrin under the cover of Turkish air force, tanks and artillery shelling.
Our forces have been carrying out a special operation on Turkish troops and terrorists in the last few hours. As the operation and clashes continue heavily, current results are as following;
The operation has been taking place in five different areas. Adah Manli, Shadia and Surka villages of Raju district and Shinkal village of Bulbul district have been fully cleared off Turkish troops and the mercenaries. Intense clashes at some parts of the border area are continuing. Turkish occupation army and its mercenaries’ attempts to enter Afrin once again failed.
Turkish occupation army, who failed advance into Afrin on the ground, once again targeted civilians with multiple airstrikes. The bombardment carried out on Rubar IDP camp, Cilbir village of Sherawa district and the area surrounding Afrin city center caused many civilian deaths.
Turkish occupation army attacks Reyhanli district of Hatay city itself only to legitimate the ongoing massacre and blames our forces for this. We once again stress that we have nothing to do in shelling civilian settlements. We never target the territory outside of our borders.
We once again stress that the social media rumors and the allegations delivered by some media outlets should not be trusted unless officially confirmed by General Command statements. SDF General Command will keep the public up to date about the results of the battle and resistance.
During the clashes that are still going on, a number of Turkish soldiers and its mercenaries were killed. Detailed statement on the results of the attacks and our resistance is going to be issued later.” from .. http://kurdishdailynews.org/2018/01/21/sdf-turkish-attacks-afrin-repelled-area-cleared-gangs/
”Aydın Ünal, a former speechwriter of President Erdoğan and current Justice and Development Party (AKP) deputy, warned Turkish journalists in exile of extrajudicial killings in a column published on Dec. 4 in the pro-Erdoğan Yeni Şafak daily.
The AKP deputy listed the names of journalists to be targeted: Ekrem Dumanlı, Adem Yavuz Arslan, Celil Sağır, Bülent Keneş, Abdülhamit Bilici, Erhan Başyurt, Emre Uslu, Akın İpek and Can Dündar.” ”In an undated video of a live TV program shared last month on social media, journalists Cem Küçük and Fuat Uğur, staunch supporters of President Erdoğan, called on the Turkish intelligence service to assassinate former Zaman daily Editor-in-Chief Ekrem Dumanlı and columnists Emre Uslu, Abdullah Bozkurt and İhsan Yılmaz: “Blow the brains out of three or five of them. Look how frightened they’ll be,” he said. from https://www.turkishminute.com/2018/01/22/erdogans-news-agency-targets-exiled-journalists-over-afrin-messages/
Mercenary-terrorists confess being trained in Turkey
”Turkey has been training thousands of terrorists to attack the Kurds, many of them forced to join up as their salaries (via Saudi, Qatar, the US, etc) have been cut as the Syrian war winds down. A number of them are thought to be ex ISIS jihadists. .. earlier report:… Terrorist Mohammad Aqel Akk said U.S, Qatari and Saudi personnel trained them for 45 days in Salqin, Idleb and later they went to complete their training in Turkey where every trainee was given USD 200.
“We then returned to Aleppo and commenced a huge attack on army posts in Aleppo, but our operation was a failure and we got caught,” he added. https://syrianfreepress.wordpress.com/2015/07/07/terrorists-confession