Published: Wed, March 14, 2018
Worldwide | By Isabel Fisher

Pro-Syrian Government Forces Shell Turkish Positions in North Aleppo

Pro-Syrian Government Forces Shell Turkish Positions in North Aleppo

"When the global community consistently fails to act, there are times when states are compelled to take their own action", Haley said on Monday.

Ankara and allied Syrian rebels have waged an offensive against the Kurdish People's Protection Units (YPG), who control the Afrin enclave, since Jan 20.

Ankara launched an offensive almost two months ago against the town, to drive out Syrian Kurdish forces that control the northern region near Turkey's border.

Turkey's repeated threats to push to Manbij have caused complications with North Atlantic Treaty Organisation ally the USA, which has its troops deployed in the area and is backing the YPG in the fight against the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL, also known as ISIS), a move that has infuriated Ankara.

Turkey launched operation "Olive Branch" in January to clear the YPG from the Afrin enclave.

The protesters were expressing anger at a perceived lack of action from the USA after Turkey announced that its troops and Turkish-backed Syrian opposition fighters had begun a siege of the Syrian Kurdish-held northern town of Afrin.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Wednesday expressed hope that Turkey's military and its allies would completely take Syrian Kurdish-held city of Afrin by Wednesday evening.

Two Christian activists, Bassam Ishak and Lauren Homer, are now appealing to U.S. President Donald Trump and top U.S. officials to stop the offensive, warning that the failure to act would jeopardize the U.S. -led military campaign against the Islamic State in Syria.

Russian news agencies say at least 100 civilians have been evacuated from a rebel-held enclave outside the Syrian capital.

While Turkey has expressed confidence that they will gain control over Afrin, the Erdogan government has long insisted that it's only the start.

The Army of Islam was responding to some local reports that said it is negotiating with the Syrian government and its Russian backers to leave the area known as eastern Ghouta.

More than 1,180 civilians have been killed since the Ghouta assault was launched.

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