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Syrian Kurds plan to liberate northern part of Syria from ‘Turkish invasion’

Saturday, 1 July 2017

MOSCOW – Syrian Kurdish militia People’s Protection Units (YPG) does not recognize the Turkish “invasion” to the north of Syria and will “liberate” that part of the country, YPG Commander Sipan Hemo said Friday.

Hemo did not disclose any details of the forthcoming operation or possible timing for the start of the offensive.

Kurds are the largest ethnic minority in Turkey, Iraq, and Syria. In Iraq and Syria, the Kurds are fighting against the Islamic State terrorist group (ISIL, or Daesh in Arabic). An estimated 50,000-strong YPG is the armed wing of the Kurdish Democratic Union Party (PYD). Turkey insists the YPG is linked to the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK), which has been in an armed conflict with Turkey for more than 3 decades and is listed as a terrorist organization by Turkey, the United States and the European Union.

On 20 May, Turkey’s General Staff has developed a new plan of anti-terrorist operations in the region against possible attacks of the Kurdish armed groups in Syria and Iraq. On 21 June, YPG said Turkey had been concentrating its troops around the Syrian city of Afrin and was preparing to attack.

Source by: Internet

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