Afrin day 12: Attack on Turkish convoy in Idlib kills 1

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19:30 Russia says several hundred, including civilians, killed in Afrin

Turkey’s military offensive against the Kurdish-held northern Syrian enclave of Afrin is a cause for great concern to Russia, Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said on Wednesday.

“We are continuing to follow the course of events in northern Syria, and it causes us serious concern,” the Russian Interfax news agency quoted Zakharova as telling a news conference.

“Based on incoming reports, several hundred people, including civilians, have already been killed in the 10 days since hostilities began,” she said.

13.18 U.S. deep state may plan Turkey conflict – columnist

The “deep state” in the United States government may be planning to provoke a conflict in the Syrian enclave of Manbij, where U.S. troops are stationed, in order to cause a wider war with Turkey, columnist Okan Müderrisoğlu wrote.

Statements out of the U.S. government appear to contradict each other, with Joseph Votel of Centcom warning that the United States has no plans to withdraw its troops from the area, he said in the Sabah newspaper. Meanwhile, financial markets appear to be very concerned about a possible conflict between the two NATO allies, he said.

11.34 Syria’s Manbij is “red line” for U.S. - Newsweek

The United States will not pull its troops out of the area of Manbij in Syria to allow a Turkish invasion, and the area is a “red line” that the United States will not allow Turkey to cross.
“Erdoğan vowed Friday that his forces would “clean up” Manbij and demanded that U.S. forces leave. Analysts described the city as a red line for the U.S.'s tolerance of the Turkish incursion,” Newsweek said.

09.06 Turkey readies camps for refugees from Afrin

Turkey is drawing up plans for camps for up to 50,000 Syrian civilians fleeing towards the north of the country from Ankara's air and ground offensive against a Kurdish militia.

Heiko Wimmen of International Crisis Group told AFP that he expected mostly non-Kurdish civilians to flee, since many Kurdish civilians did not trust Turkey to differentiate between them and the Kurdish militant People's Protection Units (YPG).


08.52 Attack on Turkish convoy in Idlib kills 1

Turkey's military has confirmed that a Turkish military convoy has been targeted by a car bomb attack in Syria's northern Idlib province, killing one civilian and wounding two other personnel.

The military said the convoy was traveling as part of its mission to enforce a "de-escalation" zone in Idlib when it was attacked Tuesday.



(All times Turkish)

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