Turkish forces capture 18 villages, cutoff strategic Hasakah-Aleppo Highway

 


Turkish army soldiers stand guard as Kurdish people wait in a hope to enter Cizre, a town subject to a curfew as part of a controversial operation against Kurdish rebels, on March 22, 2016 in Mardin, for Newroz celebration. Nowruz, the Farsi-language word for ‘New Year’, is an ancient Persian festival, celebrated on the first day of spring, March 21, in Central Asian republics, Iraq, Turkey, Afghanistan and Iran. / AFP PHOTO / ILYAS AKENGIN


Turkish forces capture 18 villages, cutoff strategic Hasakah-Aleppo Highway


BEIRUT, LEBANON (8:30 P.M.)- The Turkish Armed Forces continued their push in northern Syria on Saturday, seizing several sites from the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF).

According to a report on Saturday, the Turkish Armed Forces were able to cutoff the Hasakah-Aleppo Highway after capturing at least 18 villages from the Syrian Democratic Forces in the Tal Abyad and Ras Al-‘Ayn countrysides.

As a result of these advances, the Turkish Armed Forces were able to not only cutoff the Hasakah-Aleppo Highway, but they also cutoff the Hasakah-Manbij Road, Qamishli-Hasakah Road, and the Tal Abyad-‘Ayn ‘Issa Road.

The Turkish Armed Forces and their militant allies are now working to fully encircle the Syrian Democratic Forces and the People’s Protection Units (YPG) along the vast border region.

The SDF and YPG forces will likely withdraw from these areas before they are fully encircled, but, at this time, they are trying to hold on as long as they can.


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