February 4, 2018 – Fort Russ News – Paul Antonopoulos
AFRIN, Syria – Kurdish civilians in the city of Afrin in the northwest Syrian canton of Afrin have come out in their thousands to protest against Turkish-led operations to clear the canton of Kurdish People’s Protection Units (YPG).
Protesters were seen carrying olive branches, a historical symbol for peace in which the Turkish-led operation is ironically named after; “Olive Branch Operation”.
Also seen were large displays of Abdullah Ocalan, the leader of the Turkey-based Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK), in which the YPG is the Syrian branch of.
The PKK is recognized internationally, including by the US, as a terrorist organization, but Washington hypocritically does not consider the YPG as a terrorist group.
Turkey launched its Olive Branch Operation on January 20 and in over two weeks of fighting have made extremely slow and limited progress against the YPG.