Turkey overrules accusation of chemical attack in Syria's Afrin region


The U.S. has been arming, training, and supporting the Syrian Democratic Forces in Syria, and the strongest element of that group is the YPG, a Kurdish group with ties to Kurds in Turkey, including the PKK.

Badran Jia Kurd, an advisor to the Kurdish-led administration in northern Syria, told Reuters Syrian army troops would deploy along some border positions in the Afrin region.

"We can cooperate with any side that lends us a helping hand in light of the barbaric crimes and the global silence", Jia Kurd said Sunday, according to Reuters.

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A young Spaniard struggling in main Kurdish militia, People's Protection Units (YPG), has died in city of Afrin, where Turkey is conducting an offensive against Syrian Kurds, has confirmed a spokesman for YPG and a Spanish combatant in that Conflict.

Sunday's deal underscores the increasingly tangled battlefield in northern Syria, driven by a web of rivalries and alliances among Kurdish forces, the Syrian government, rebel factions, Turkey, the United States and Russian Federation.

Cavusoglu stressed that such claims were the "propaganda" of the terrorist group PKK/PYD, to discredit Turkey's ongoing counter-terrorist Operation Olive Branch.

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Ankara launched an offensive in the Afrin area of northern Syria last month against the YPG which it considers a terror group but which is allied with United States forces in the fight against IS. For the Turkish government, attacking Afrin is about assuring geopolitical interests and domestic security. However, they have occasionally clashed and have very different visions for Syria's future.

While both have at times suggested a long-term agreement between them might be possible, Assad says he wants to take back the whole country. The Syrian government reportedly withdrew from the talks after Kurds refused to lay down their weapons in return for military assistance, an RT Arabic correspondent reported on Thursday, citing a military source.

The YPG said the two men had joined their forces in the summer of 2017 to fight IS.

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