Afrin Day 13: YPG becoming frustrated at U.S. inaction

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15.35 Turkey's Leopard tanks have disappointed in Syria - Daily Mail

German-made tanks deployed by the Turkish military in its offensive against Kurdish forces in Syria are not standing up well in the difficult conditions there, British conservative newspaper the Daily Mail said .

“While the tank's design dealt capably with conditions during the Cold War against Soviet fighters, the Leopard 2 has proved to be a feeble force in the battle in the Middle East, practically disintegrating under intense fire,” the newspaper said.

12:08 Damascus aims to bleed Turkey in Afrin 

The Syrian government aims to “bleed Turkey” as its forces seek to take the Kurdish region of Afrin in northern Syria, according to Barak Barfi, a research fellow at the New American Foundation.

Damascus has given the Kurds, who rely on supplies from the Syrian capital, great leeway in the fight with Turkey, Barfi said in an article published by the Washington Institute. Turkey may also experience similar tactical difficulties to Euphrates Shield, an operation that took place in August 2016 to prevent Kurds from linking pockets of territory, he said.

12:01 Afrin's doctors warn of humanitarian crisis

Doctors in Afrin warn of a worsening humanitarian crisis, saying medical supplies in its main hospital were running dangerously low.

Turkey should stop shelling the area, the doctors said. Dozens of patients have been received in the past week, they said.

09.05 Turkish border town under regular rocket fire

On Wednesday, a 17-year-old girl, Fatma Avlar, was pulled dead from the rubble, a victim of the latest strikes on the Turkish border town of Reyhanli since Ankara launched an offensive against Kurdish militia in Syria's Afrin region.

Dozens of rockets have been fired at over the last 11 days. Five hit on Wednesday alone.


09.00 YPG becoming frustrated with its U.S. sponsor

Syria's Kurdish militia is growing frustrated with its patron, the United States, and is pressing it to do more to stop Turkey's assault on Afrin.

While the U.S. may distance itself from the fighting in Afrin, it cannot sit by silently if Turkey goes ahead with its threat to expand the fight to Manbij, a Syrian town to the east where American troops are deployed alongside Kurdish forces that took the town from the Islamic State (ISIS) in 2016.

"The Turks may accept (the U.S. withdrawing from Manbij) as an intermediate step, but the U.S. will consistently face threats of escalation from Turkey as long as we maintain our partnership with the Syrian Kurdish People's Protection Units (YPG),"  Elizabeth Teoman, a Turkey specialist with the Institute for the Study of War, said.



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