Afrin Day 53: Turkey says surrounds besieged Afrin city
13:48 Kurds proved no match for Turkey - Erdoğan adviser
The United States thought Turkey would get bogged down fighting Kurdish militants in Syria, but how wrong they were, said Ilnur Çevik, senior adviser to Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan.
The fighters of the People’s Protection Units (YPG), created by a Turkey-based terror group, the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK), have been no match for the Turkish military, Çevik saidin an analysis for the Daily Sabah newspaper.
13:20 Kurds being played to oust U.S. from Syria - analysis
Syria’s Kurds have been played by Russia and Iran as the two countries seek to oust the United States from Syria, said political analyst Raman Ghavami in the Jerusalem Post.
Russia and Iran want to secure the future of President Bashar al-Assad, which requires them to control the northern part of the country and push U.S. forces out. Therefore, Russia has given a green light to Turkey to attack the Kurds to weaken the U.S. position in the country, Ghavami wrote .
12:18 Turkey says surrounds Afrin city, takes strategic points
Turkey’s military said it has surrounded the city of Afrin in northwestern Syria following almost a month of fighting with Kurdish militants.
Strategic points of critical importance have been taken by Turkish soldiers and fighters of the Free Syrian Army (FSA), the military said in a statement on its website on Wednesday.