Mar 03 2018

Syrian and American flags trampled on in Afrin

Turkish forces and FSA militias participating in the Operation Olive Branch took control of Rajo town center in Afrin. 

According to secular newspaper Cumhuriyet, FSA militias took down the Syrian flag in the town center and trod it under their feet. “We are taking down the Regime’s flag right here at the heart of Rajo and trampling on it” the militias said. 

Staunchly pro-government and Islamist newspaper Akit's media arm Akittv also published a tweet showing not only Syrian flag but also American flag on the ground and unidentified soldiers are trampling on it.

Turkey launched Operation Olive Branch on January 20 to combat forces from the People’s Protection Units (YPG), the armed wing of the Syrian Kurdish Democratic Union Party (PYD). Turkey considers both Syrian Kurdish organizations to be extensions of the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK), an organization that has been in conflict with Turkish armed forces since launching an insurgency aimed at Kurdish independence in the mid-1980s. The Operation multiplied the tension between Turkey and its Western allies. 

The Turkish General Staff released a statement on Saturday, claiming that 2,434 YPG/PKK-Daesh terrorists have been "neutralized" since the beginning of the Operation.