Afrin Day 38: Macron: U.N. Syria ceasefire includes Afrin
19:19 Demise of Isis opens way for danger in Syria - FT
The demise of Islamic State (ISIS) is proving at least as destabilising as its rise, opening the way to one of the most dangerous periods in Syria’s civil war, the Financial Times said in an editorial.
The single-issue approach of the United States toward Syria -- namely the destruction of ISIS, pursued by President Barack Obama and his successor, President Donald Trump – has been at best short-sighted, the FT said.
16:10 Afrin included in U.N. ceasefire Macron tells Erdoğan
French President Macron told President Erdoğan that the United Nations 30 day ceasefire in Syria covers Afrin.
His comments come after Turkish Deputy P. M. Bekir Bozdağ said on Sunday that the ceasefire would not have "any effect on the operation that Turkey is pursuing" in Afrin,
13:46 Turkey says it has "neutralised" more than 2,000 enemies in Afrin
Turkey’s armed forces say that the number of dead and fighters who have surrendered totalled 2,059 in a statement published Monday on its website. The figure includes members of the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK), the PYD and Islamic State (ISIS).
Turkey has also denied reports from that large numbers of civilians have been killed in its Afrin offensive, saying that only what it calls terrorist targets have been destroyed.
11:42 Erdoğan's dreams of grandeur risk regional conflicts
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan’s dreams of grandeur may spark a major firestorm in the region, wrote Yochanan Visser for Israel National News.
Erdoğan is now fighting with the Kurds, antagonizing Greece and squaring up to President Bashar al-Assad’s forces in northern Syria, hinting of the resurrection of the Ottoman Empire and expanding’s Turkey’s territory, Visser said in an analysis.