Turkey begins military offense against US-backed Kurdish forces

Syrian-Kurds carry portraits depicting jailed founding member and leader of the Kurdistan Worker's Party Abdullah Ocalan

Turkish military forces started an offensive today against the Afrin canton in northern Syria.

A pro-Turkish Syrian rebel force is reportedly also closing in on Afrin but the Kurds, widely considered one of the most effective anti-Daesh ground forces, said they would stand their ground and defend a claimed one million residents.

Reuters reports that Turkish artillery fired into Syria's Afrin region on Friday in what Ankara said was the start of a military campaign against the Kurdish-controlled area. One night we may arrive suddenly. "This operation will be carried out and we will combat terrorism".

Although the USA has backed the YPG as one of the most capable forces fighting against the "Islamic State" (IS) militant group, Turkey has dubbed it a terrorist group for its alleged ties to the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK), a Kurdish group waging a decades-long insurgency in Turkey.

Disagreement over the Kurdish fighters has created a sharp division between the USA and Turkey, who are both part of the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation alliance.

The Pentagon said in an earlier statement it was training "internally focused" Syrian fighters with a goal of preventing the Islamic State group's resurgence and ensuring Syrians displaced by the war could return to their communities.

However, the USA does not consider the canton of Afrin as vital to their operations against the extremist group anymore.

Turkish jets have begun an aerial offensive against the Syrian Kurdish-held enclave of Afrin in north-western Syria, Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yildirim said. Turkish military units have been seen lining up at the border with Syria since Monday. Shelling continued in the late afternoon, said Rojhat Roj, a YPG spokesman in Afrin.

Earlier this month, the USA announced plans to create a 30,000-strong stabilization force on the Syrian-Turkish border, including many Kurdish fighters. The town of Manbij, in the eastern Kurdish held area, has also been pointed out as a target. The source said that bombing had only produced "material damage", although command of Turkish armed forces claimed to have destroyed several "shelters" of Kurdish organization. It has used military force in the past against Kurds in northern Syria, who have seized control of swathes of territory in the fight against ISIS.

More than 50 Turkish vehicles, including artillery, tanks, rocket launchers and heavy equipment transporters have been observed on the Turkish-Syrian border, according to another United States defense official.

"Recently new games are being played on our southern border".

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