tiptrot.com May 27, 2018

Turkey's Erdogan says Afrin town center 'under control'

19 March 2018, 04:10 | Bernice Figueroa

Civilians flee the fighting

Civilians flee the fighting

Earlier, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan announced that Turkish army troopers and their allies had wrested full control over Afrin town.

"Our war against the Turkish occupation and the forces of Takfirism, the so-called Free Army, has entered a new stage, which is the transition from the direct confrontation war to hit-and-run tactic to avoid more civilians getting killed", Othman Sheikh Issa, co-chairman of the Afrin Executive Council, said in a televised statement Sunday.

Syria's Kurds vowed to fight to retake the Kurdish enclave of Afrin after Turkey-led fighters on Sunday seized control of its main city two months into an offensive.

As the original battles in Syria's civil war draw to an end, with government forces pummeling the few remaining rebel-held areas and Islamic State on the retreat, new fronts have opened up as local, regional and global powers try to stake out positions for the post-war period.

The units entered Afrin at 8:30 a.m. on March 18, and the Syrian city was under control on the 58th day of the operation, with Turkish and FSA flags raised, Erdoğan said, speaking at the commemoration ceremony of the Gallipoli Campaign during World War One in the northwestern Çanakkale province.

Erdogan has repeatedly said that Afrin should be cleared of "terrorists", and demanded the deployment of Turkish troops there during a speech back in November 2016.

More than 150,000 people have fled Afrin in recent days, the Syrian Observatory said.

The operation is being carried out under the framework of Turkey's rights based on global law, UN Security Council resolutions, its self-defense rights under the UN charter, and respect for Syria's territorial integrity, it said.

Turkey has threatened to extend its offensive to another Kurdish-controlled region further east, where USA forces are stationed alongside the YPG, Washington's ally against Isis in Syria.

"In all of Afrin's sectors, our forces will become a permanent nightmare" for pro-Ankara forces, the statement said.

Other footage showed Syrian fighters shooting in the air in celebration while shouting "Allahu akbar", Arabic for "God is [the] greatest".

The statement also called on Kurdish people preparing to celebrate the spring festival of Newroz in Turkey this week to rally "in the spirit of resistance" and in solidarity with the people of the mainly Kurdish town.

Other News


Trending Now

Mayor says chemical plant fumes 'quite toxic'
He was identified to NBC as Jason Speegle by his mother-in-law, who said he only started working at the facility three weeks ago. The area is now closed to traffic, and the chemical plant and a nearby lumber yard have been evacuated.

Minnesota mosque bombing suspect submitted bid to build Trump's border wall
The Islamic center in Bloomington houses not only a mosque, but also a religious school for children. There has been no news on whether the reward has been paid.

Swansea out of FA Cup after Spurs loss
Peter Thompson pulled one back for Bill Shankly's men just after the hour, and the home side laid siege on the Swansea goal. After a tame opening to the quarter-final, Eriksen brought the tie to life with a stunning effort to open the scoring.

UN Finds Facebook Partly to Blame for Fueling Myanmar Genocide
Facebook "substantively contributed to the level of acrimony and dissention and conflict, if you will, within the public". Kept out of Rakhine, Darusman's team went to Bangladesh, Thailand, and Malaysia to interview more than 600 refugees.

Consumer inflation less threatening in February, CPI shows
Excluding volatile food and energy prices, the CPI was up 0.2% for the month and 1.8% annualized, unchanged from a month ago. Helping to keep inflation in check was a 0.5% drop in the cost of new cars and trucks, the biggest decline since 2009.

Guardiola gives Jesus first EPL start at Stoke
I'm very happy because he is getting stronger". "I know in my private life it's a very hard moment, but my son is fighting". It will depend how I feel and if they want me.

United Nations releases Joint Response Plan for Rohingya crisis
But Grandi insisted that despite those circumstances, he would not stop fighting for the repatriation of those who wish to return home.

Amazon And Twitch Will Now Give Prime Subscriber Free Games Every Month
The first Indie Amplifier titles available will be Shadow Tactics and Candlekeep: Tomb of Annihilation . You'll be getting five free games a month with your subscription, to keep forever, starting March 15th.

NRA sues to block new Florida gun bill
The state's main teacher union has been at odds with the Republican-controlled Legislature for years. Al Hoffman Jr., a real estate developer who served as Ambassador to Portugal under George W.

London choosing confrontation: Russian Federation on May firing of envoys over spy attack
She said, "There is no alternative conclusion other than that the Russian State was culpable for the attempted murder of Mr. Yulia Skripal flew to London from Russian Federation on March 3, according to counter-terrorism police.