Move follows intense aerial bombardment of enclave, with Kurdish militias shelling Turkish border province in response
Turkey said it had begun a ground incursion into the Kurdish enclave in Syria known as Afrin a day after intense aerial bombardment that signalled the opening of hostilities in a new phase of Ankara’s involvement in the war across the border.
At the national level and for the first day, hashtags seem to cluster around a central node #AfrinOperasyonu (for now the most popular tag). National distribution doesn't tell much of a political story (converges almost fully with Internet penetration) pic.twitter.com/JNXnqLOf9m
— Akin Unver (@AkinUnver) January 21, 2018
Pro-government media is quick to circulate fake propaganda news. One video deciphered here
AP has deleted two tweets that referred to Turkish airstrikes on Islamic State forces in Afrin, Syria. Turkey's prime minister said the strikes targeted IS along with Kurdish forces, but IS is not known to have a presence in the city. A new tweet is coming.
— The Associated Press (@AP) January 20, 2018
in #kobani times (late 2014 – early 2015) #kurds in #turkey did take to the streets to protest. but turkey is a different country now: state of emergency, mass arrests, even more oppression. i don't expect huge turn outs now. #afrin
— Frederike Geerdink (@fgeerdink) January 21, 2018
Good map to follow actors’ tracks in the war:
— Liveuamap Türkçe (@liveuamaptr) January 21, 2018
Pro-government media is more than ready for war:
Turkish army invades …. Turkish TV pic.twitter.com/tOdGCdgfTU
— Gilgo (@agirecudi) 20 Ocak 2018
tam neotürkiye pic.twitter.com/SZFEfVi6Og
— mustafahos (@mustafahos) January 21, 2018
Operation targeting ‘terror nests’ would risk inflaming tensions between Trump administration and Ankara
Turkish troops and tanks near the Syrian border are making final plans to attack the US military’s Kurdish partners inside northern Syria as tensions between Ankara and Washington near unprecedented levels.