January 21, 2018 – Fort Russ News – Paul Antonopoulos
AFRIN, Syria – Turkey just moments ago has launched its ground invasion of the Afrin canton in northern Syria to defeat Kurdish forces who control the area. Full details can be read here.
However, the preceeding days to the invasion saw the Turkish military and air force bombard Kurdish positions with artillery and missile strikes.
Included in the preparation for the ground invasion that begun just moments ago, was the air strike on Menagh airbase yesterday, used by US forces to supply and arm the Kurdish People’s Protection Units (YPG).
The YPG are the Syrian branch of the Turkey-based Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) that not only Turkey considers as a terrorist organization, but also the US, demonstrating a contradiction that they consider the PKK as terrorists, but arm and support the YPG.
By striking this airbase, the Turkish military aims to halt all US aid to the YPG in Afrin, directly challenging Washington’s interests in that part of Syria.