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An Ottoman-style military band performed in the border province of Hatay as a show of support for troops taking part in Turkey’s Olive Branch Operation in Syria’s Afrin on Jan. 22.
Two Turkish soldiers dead in offensive against Kurds in Syria

Ankara acknowledges combat deaths in Afrin, Kurdish enclave south of Turkish border

Two Turkish soldiers have died in a military offensive against the Kurdish-dominated enclave of Afrin in neighbouring Syria, officials have said.

Some 51 suspects were detained across Turkey on Jan. 21 for allegedly promoting the Syrian Kurdish Democratic Union Party (PYD) and the outlawed Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) on social media, according to a security official.
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan was updated on Jan. 22 on the progress of Operation Olive Branch by military commanders during a video conference, according to a source at the presidency.
Conflicts have intensified in the east of Aziz in the military operation launched by the TAF into Afrin. As the FSA and YPG militants come face to face, a delegation from the US came to Ankara to discuss the operation.
Turkey’s preoccupation with Syrian Kurds could spell disaster for US | Patrick Wintour

The west cannot afford to lose Ankara’s role as a countervailing force to a Russian-imposed peace

The US, Britain and France have all strongly criticised the Turkish invasion of northern Syria, but the three countries have so far been unwilling to instruct their Nato partner to pull back.

Turkey says the US must end support for the YPG militia, which it is fighting in northern Syria.
Saturday saw the first airstrikes and on Sunday the first Turkish troops marched into the Kurdish-controlled enclave of Afrin in northern Syria. Ankara has opened up a new front line in the Syria war by taking direct action against the Kurdish PYD, which is allied with Nato partner the US. Commentators examine the different interests and strategies of the warring parties.
A large number of people including politicians, artists, rights defenders and journalists have been detained in six cities including İstanbul and İzmir due to their social media posts about the offensive launched into Afrin.
The military offensive puts Turkey on a collision course with the United States, a NATO ally.
As Turkey Attacks Kurds in Syria, U.S. Is on the Sideline

Turkish forces continued their attack on the Kurds, America’s closest ally in the war on Islamic State, with the apparent blessing of Moscow.
Turkey has legitimate security concerns in northern Syria, where it has sent troops, Washington says.
The Turkish military continued to shell positions of the Syrian Kurdish militia the People’s Protection Units (YPG) in Syria’s Afrin on Jan. 22, the third day of Operation Olive Branch.
T24 news site writer Baysal has been detained; writer Tunç’s home has been raided as part of the operation launched by Diyarbakır Chief Public Prosecutor’s Office into posts on the social media about Afrin operation.
The National Intelligence Organization (MİT) is playing an active role in Turkey’s “Olive Branch” military operation into the Syrian province of Afrin, according to security sources.
Special “conquest” prayers were held across all of Turkey’s 90,000 mosques on Jan. 20 and Jan. 21 for the victory of the country’s military, which launched a cross border operation in Syria’s northwestern Afrin region on Jan. 20 against the Syrian Kurdish People’s Protection Units (YPG).
Concerning France calling the UN for an emergency meeting, Minister of Foreign Affairs Çavuşoğlu has said, “If France or any other country takes the matter to the UN, then it means that country sides with a terrorist organization in our eyes”.
Four missiles launched from Syria hit Reyhanlı district in Hatay, killing one person and wounding 32 others. Another missile was fired on Kilis last night.
TAF and FSA crossed 7.5 kilometers into the border. Clashes erupted between the FSA and YPG in the first morning hours in Azaz.
Why Turkey is poised to attack enclave in Syria

Turkey says an operation against Afrin is imminent.
An internal solution to the problems in Syria “would be much better,” the head of the United Nations said on Jan. 16.

 

The main opposition Republican People’s Party (CHP), the Nationalist Movement Party (MHP), and the recently formed İYİ (Good) Party have all lent full support to the military operation against the People’s Protection Units (YPG) militants in Syria’s Afrin province.

Recep Tayyip Erdoğan’s risky gamble could quickly turn sour | Simon Tisdall

Turkish president defies Russia, the US and Bashar al-Assad with assault on Kurds in Syria

Recep Tayyip Erdoğan’s Kurdish vendetta has taken a dramatic new twist with the cross-border ground assault on the Afrin enclave in north-west Syria.

Nationalist TV shows tweet support for the Afrin intervention:

The actor who paid not to serve mandatory military service was eager to act in a soldier uniform to promote a pro-war message:

There are a few anti-war demonstrations mostly organized by pro-Kurdish HDP but security forces do not allow them to happen:

https://twitter.com/BarzanSadiq/status/955102018888192005

Syria: Turkish ground troops enter Afrin enclave

US-backed Kurdish militants say they have beaten back Turkish troops in northern Syria.
The Prime Ministry’s Office of Public Diplomacy has cited the reasons for Turkey’s military operation against Syria’s northern Afrin province in a 12-article note.
Surprising many opponents of the campaign, still active Syrian air defense and air forces did not intercept the Turkish military operation on the Afrin region, which officially started at 5 p.m. (14:00 GMT) on Jan. 20.

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