Sources on the ground in northern Syria report that the Turkish Armed Forces (TAF) and their terrorist allies the FSA Turkish division have commenced their assault on Afrin City itself. Afrin City is a Kurdish majority city in the heart of the isolated Kurdish enclave of Afrin.
The TAF reportedly already cut off water to the city last week and has prepared for the assault by surrounding the city. Turkish President Erdogan has claimed that the Kurds are terrorists that need to be wiped out. Afrin City has been playing host to hundreds of thousands of refugees whose homes were taken by the TAF during the current operation Olive Branch. Reports that the TAF and its jihadist allies have been handing out captured Kurdish homes to fighters.
The TAF has been reportedly firing on unarmed civilians and killing defenseless Kurds .
— Hossein Kurdistani (@RealHosseinkurd) March 17, 2018
Despite the USA’s military backing the Kurds in their fight against ISIS, as far as Turkey is concerned the Trump administration has surprisingly remained silent.
The Kurdish Regional Council in Iraq has continued to back their bretheren in Syria with the assistant to President Masoud Barzani saying releasing this Tweet:
Footages from Afrin, targeting civilians, mass killings along with Anfal campaign & Halabja chemical bombardment, are all result of denial policies,state failures, regional disorder,triumphant of violence over dialogue,power over logic, totalitarianism over democracy. pic.twitter.com/q8NpQHwg2R
— Hemin Hawrami (@heminhawrami) March 17, 2018
In the coming days the USA can still step in and save what’s left of Afrin, but that would require Trump to stand up to a fellow NATO ally.