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turkey denies bombing afrin's hospital | syria news


the turkish military has released aerial footage that shows an undamaged afrin hospital building, refuting claims of hospital damage as a smear campaign by ypg militia in afrin. the ypg and syrian observatory for human rights monitor said a turkish air raid hit afrin town's main hospital on friday night, killing 16 people."reports of a hospital bombing in afrin by the turkish armed forces are false," the military said in a statement posted on its twitter account."it is closely being monitored that vile propaganda against the turkish armed forces is being spread, falsely claiming that buildings and vehicles were set ablaze by the turkish military. in reality, it was being carried out by terrorists in afrin city centre," the statement said.a spokeswoman for the un human rights office said it






turkey boosting military presence along border near syria's afrin | syria news


the turkish army is steadily increasing its presence along a stretch of the syrian border around the northern city of afrin.turkey's president recep tayyip erdogan has been threatening to attack afrin - controlled by the syrian kurdish armed group ypg - for almost a week.turkish troops are present inside syria on its southern edge and to the east are turkish-backed syrian rebels, so afrin is effectively surrounded.al jazeera's stefanie dekker reports from antakya in turkey, near the syrian border.






turkey's afrin offensive enters second week | news


the united nations is worried about civilians in syria's northwestern region of afrin.the turkish offensive in the kurdish-held border town has entered its second week.afrin is controlled by the people's protection units (ypg) - a syrian kurdish force - that turkey sees as a "terrorist group".al jazeera's stefanie dekker reports from the turkey-syria border.






turkey boosting military presence along border near syria's afrin | news


the turkish army is steadily increasing its presence along a stretch of the syrian border around the northern city of afrin. turkey's president recep tayyip erdogan has been threatening to attack afrin - controlled by the syrian kurdish armed group ypg - for almost a week.turkish troops are present inside syria on its southern edge and to the east are turkish-backed syrian rebels, so afrin is effectively surrounded.al jazeera's stefanie dekker reports from antakya in turkey, near the syrian border.






why turkey says it’s ready to go to war with syria over afrin


turkey’s month-long offensive against the kurdish enclave of afrin in northern syria has opened up a new front in the seven-year syria war, as its forces this week fired artillery at syrian pro-regime militias trying to enter.the fight has thrown a spotlight on the international powers—from turkey and russia to iran and the u.s.—vying for position as islamic state recedes. here’s...






turkey to us: stop shifting ‘terrorists' to afrin | syria news


turkey expects the us to stop "shifting" ypg fighters from manbij to afrin in syria, presidential spokesman ibrahim kalin said wednesday.speaking to reporters at the presidential complex in the capital, ankara, kalin said: "it is particularly expected [by turkey] that the us must certainly step in and halt the shifting of ypg/pyd forces, which move under its control, in manbij to afrin. this is our natural right."with this regard, we [turkey] took the necessary steps via official channels, and we will continue to take [such steps]."on january 20, turkey launched a military operation against the ypg militia from afrin. turkey sees the ypg - trained, armed and supported by the us to fight against isil - as an extension of the outlawed kurdistan workers party (pkk).the us has about 2,000 sold






erdogan: turkish troops on the verge of entering afrin | syria news


turkish armed forces are besieging the syrian kurdish-controlled district of afrin in northern syria, turkey's president has said.in a televised statement on friday, recep tayyip erdogan said the turkey-backed free syrian army fighters and turkish troops were 6km from the centre of afrin."now the centre of afrin is surrounded and our entry is imminent," he said."we are removing the last remaining obstacles standing before our besieging of afrin city centre."however, a spokesperson for the kurdish people's protection units (ypg) troops contradicted the claims.{articleguid}"the forces of erdogan's turkish army ... are 10 to 15km away from it [afrin]," nouri mahmoud said."today, there were also clashes around bulbul, where they announced around 30 days ago that they captured, occupied it."the






erdogan: turkish troops on the verge of entering afrin | syria news


turkish armed forces are besieging the syrian kurdish-controlled district of afrin in northern syria, turkey's president has said.in a televised statement on friday, recep tayyip erdogan said the turkey-backed free syrian army fighters and turkish troops were 6km from the centre of afrin."now the centre of afrin is surrounded and our entry is imminent," he said."we are removing the last remaining obstacles standing before our besieging of afrin city centre."however, a spokesperson for the kurdish people's protection units (ypg) troops contradicted the claims.{articleguid}"the forces of erdogan's turkish army ... are 10 to 15km away from it [afrin]," nouri mahmoud said."today, there were also clashes around bulbul, where they announced around 30 days ago that they captured, occupied it."the






erdogan: operation in syria's afrin has begun | news


turkish fighter jets have struck syrian kurdish pyd and ypg targets in kurdish-held areas of northern syria, as ankara announced the beginning of a ground operation to oust kurdish forces from the area.turkish president recep tayyip erdogan said on saturday that the operation in the border town of afrin would be followed by a push in the northern town of manbij.turkey considers syria's kurdish democratic union party (pyd) and its armed wing, the ypg, "terrorist groups" with ties to the banned kurdistan workers' party (pkk), which has waged a decades-long fight inside turkey.the us has previously armed the ypg, viewing it as the most effective ground force in tis fight against the islamic state of iraq and the levant (isil, also known as isis) armed group.according to estimates, there are b






the latest: turkish army strikes convoy near syria's afrin


beirut — the latest on developments in syria (all times local):5 p.m.turkey's military has said it hit a convoy carrying weapons and ammunition in the countryside of a kurdish-held enclave in northern syria.in a statement published friday, the army said turkish artillery hit the 30 to 40-vehicle convoy of the syrian kurdish people's protection units, or ypg, in southeastern afrin. aerial video accompanying the statement showed the alleged strike.turkey launched a military offensive on jan. 20 to clear afrin from the ypg, which it considers a terror group.the ypg accused turkey of bombing a convoy of civilians that was crossing into afrin to protest turkey's offensive, leading to casualties.but the turkish military said multiple explosions were proof the convoy was carrying ammunition. "as






erdogan: turkish troops on the verge of entering afrin | syria news


turkish armed forces are besieging the syrian kurdish-controlled district of afrin in northern syria, turkey's president has said.in a televised statement on friday, recep tayyip erdogan said the turkey-backed free syrian army fighters and turkish troops were 6km from the centre of afrin."now the centre of afrin is surrounded and our entry is imminent," he said."we are removing the last remaining obstacles standing before our besieging of afrin city centre."however, a spokesperson for the kurdish people's protection units (ypg) troops, contradicted the claims.{articleguid}"the forces of erdogan's turkish army ... are 10 to 15km away from it [afrin]," nouri mahmoud said."today, there were also clashes around bulbul, where they announced around 30 days ago that they captured, occupied it," h






afrin: turkey battles kurds over key mountain | news


turkey is battling to take a key mountain in northern syria, as it steps up its offensive against us-backed kurdish fighters in the afrin region.turkey has accused the ypg of using the mountain to fire shells across the border into the turkish town of kilis.al jazeera's stefanie dekker reports from kilis.






fighting between syria, turkey escalates in afrin


beirut – turkey's air force hit two positions of pro-government syrian fighters deployed last week in the kurdish enclave of afrin, killing and wounding a number of fighters in an escalation of violence in a region where turkey has been on the offensive for more than a month, syrian activists said friday.turkish troops and turkey-backed opposition fighters have been on the offensive in afrin since jan. 20 against syrian kurdish fighters. ankara has also warned damascus not to send fighters to the area, saying it would target them.turkey considers syrian kurdish fighters to be "terrorists" linked to an insurgency within its own borders.the pro-government syrian force began deploying in afrin on feb. 20, despite turkey's threats. syrian state media said the aim is to defend afrin.the airstri






turkey steps up offensive against kurds in northern syria


turkey’s offensive against the kurdish enclave of afrin in northern syria intensified over the weekend, as forces loyal to the regime of bashar al-assad continued to bomb a suburb of damascus despite a u.n. resolution calling for a ceasefire. on sunday, turkish warplanes carried out airstrikes in support of a ground offensive in the kurdish enclave of afrin. the bombing comes a day after dozens of pro-assad militias that had come to support the syrian kurdish ypg were killed in airstrikes....






us' mattis says some pyd/pkk shifting to afrin | news


turkey has legitimate security concerns along border with syria and we do not dismiss that, says us defence secretaryus defense secretary james mattis has acknowledged that some members of the pyd/pkk-led sdf had shifted to afrin, syria amid turkey’s ongoing operation against the groups in the border region, according to anadolu news agency. "the distraction of what's going on up in afrin right now, which is drawing off some of the [sdf] forces, which have got about 50 percent," mattis told reporters during his flight to europe on sunday, adding that the percentage could be less or more.as for the reason for the armed group's mobilisation to afrin, he said is because they believe "their fellow kurds" in afrin to be under attack, referring to turkey's operation olive branch in the northwest






turkey: military seizes control of jandaris from kurdish ypg | syria news


turkish forces and allied syrian rebels are now in control of jandaris, a town in the afrin district of northern syria, the state-run anadolu news agency says.turkey's military alongside free syrian army allies have seized control of the second most populated town in the district from kurdish people's protection units (ypg) fighters after capturing a hill overlooking the town a day earlier, it said on thursday.jandaris is about 20km away from central afrin, the last major ypg outpost."the entire city of jandaris was liberated from the secessionist gangs. the fight will continue until the whole of afrin is cleared of them," an fsa commander who goes by the name of abu saleh said.turkey-backed fsa advances in afrin offensivespeaking in vienna, mevlut cavusoglus, turkey's foreign minister, sa






turkey-backed fsa encircles ypg-held afrin | news


turkish president recep tayyip erdogan says he hopes the northern syrian town of afrin will be totally encircled by the end of the day. the fighting between turkey-backed fsa rebels and kurdish fighters has displaced thousands of people and for those left, water supplies have been cut, as well as internet access.al jazeera's alan fisher reports from gaziantep, on the turkey-syria border.






turkey: military seizes control of jandaris from kurdish ypg | syria news


turkish forces and allied syrian rebels are now in control of jandaris, a town in the afrin district of northern syria, the state-run anadolu news agency says.turkey's military alongside free syrian army allies have seized control of the second most populated town in the district from kurdish people's protection units (ypg) fighters after capturing a hill overlooking the town a day earlier, it said on thursday.jandaris is about 20km away from central afrin, the last major ypg outpost."the entire city of jandaris was liberated from the secessionist gangs. the fight will continue until the whole of afrin is cleared of them," an fsa commander who goes by the name of abu saleh said.turkey-backed fsa advances in afrin offensivespeaking in vienna, mevlut cavusoglus, turkey's foreign minister, sa






james mattis: some pyd/pkk shifting to afrin | turkey news


turkey has legitimate security concerns along its southern border with syria, james mattis, the us defence secretary, said, as turkish forces continued their offensive against kurdish fighters in afrin.mattis acknowledged that some members of the kurdish-led syrian democratic forces (sdf) had shifted to the afrin region in syria's north, amid turkey's ongoing operation against the coalition of armed groups, anadolu news agency reported. "the distraction of what's going on up in afrin right now, which is drawing off some of the [sdf] forces, which have got about 50 percent [of the afrin region]," mattis told reporters during his flight to europe on sunday, adding that the percentage could be less or more.the us has long supported the sdf as a "reliable ally" in its fight against the islamic






the latest: turkey arrests protesters against syria attack


hassa, turkey — the latest on the syrian conflict (all times local):7:45 p.m.media reports say police in turkey have broken up demonstrations in ankara and istanbul hours after turkish president recep tayyip erdogan warned kurds in turkey not to take to the streets to protest turkey's military operation against a kurdish-run enclave in syria.the dogan news agency said police detained 12 demonstrators in istanbul who were protesting the offensive. it said police used tear gas to disperse a separate protest in the capital ankara. it did not provide further details on the ankara protests.erdogan earlier warned that those who heed calls by kurdish politicians to protest would "pay a high price."___6:50 p.m.syria's president bashar assad says turkey's "brutal aggression" against a syrian kurdis






turkey denies reports syria will help ypg in afrin | syria news


turkey's deputy prime minister has dismissed as "false" media reports that syrian government forces were poised to enter a kurdish enclave in syria's afrin.bekir bozdag, however, warned any move by syrian soldiers to help the kurdish people's protection units, or ypg, repel a turkish offensive in northwestern syria would be a "major disaster" for the region.turkey will continue its air and ground offensive against the ypg "with determination until the last terrorist is rendered ineffective", bozdag told reporters after a weekly cabinet meeting on monday.he was responding to a report by the syrian state-run sana news agency earlier in the day that said pro-government forces would enter afrin "within a few hours to support its people's stand against turkish regime's attack". the report by sa






turkish-led assault on syria's afrin displaced 10,000 in a day | syria news


turkey says it won't hand over afrin in northern syria to the government in damascus after it removes the kurdish ypg militia, as its military and allied rebel forces prepare to attack the surrounded city.thousands of people continued to flee afrin on thursday to nubul and zhara in the northern countryside of aleppo, which is under control of the syrian government, amid air raids, artillery shelling, and the threat of an imminent ground invasion, according to the syrian observatory for human rights war monitor.twelve people were killed and 60 wounded over the past 24 hours in afrin city and its outskirts, the uk-based group reported. kurdish sources said the death toll is likely to increase as many wounded are in critical condition."our staff are doing their best, but our rooms are filled






turkey reconnects fsa-held idlib with azaz | syria news


the turkish armed forces and free syrian army (fsa) on saturday captured two villages in syria’s northwestern afrin region, anadolu's news agency reported.according to the agency, the villages of ramadiyah and hamelika of jinderes district located southwest of afrin were taken, while fighting continues in rajo’s town center, northwest of afrin.crescent-shaped corridorsince february 26, areas controlled by the free syrian army (fsa) forces in northern syria have been reconnected in a crescent-shaped corridor from the northwestern idlib province and azaz eastward, andalou's state-run news agency reported.backed by turkey, the fsa captured villages northwest of afrin from the kurdish-led people's protection units (ypg), cutting the militia's access to the syria-turkey border.afrin has been a






turkey rejects us 'double standard' in syria ceasefire | news


the turkish president recep tayyip erdogan has called the un ceasefire resolution for syria effectively meaningless given the syrian government’s continued bombing of eastern ghouta."god curse your resolution!" erdogan said of the un ceasefire, "the resolution that never went into effect has no meaning for humanity," he said addressing legislators in the turkish parliament on tuesday.us remarks made last week implied that turkey's operations in afrin are in violation of the un's syria ceasefire resolution.turkey accused the us of a double standard by specifying which "terrorist" groups can be fought in syria and which cannot be.speaking to reporters in ankara, deputy prime minister bekir bozdag said: "afrin is not mentioned there [in the un resolution] ... terrorists are all the same, you






turkey-backed fsa encircles ypg-held afrin | news


turkish president recep tayyip erdogan says he hopes the northern syrian town of afrin will be totally encircled by the end of the day. the fighting between turkey-backed free syrian army (fsa) rebels and kurdish fighters has displaced thousands of people and for those left, water supplies have been cut, as well as internet access.al jazeera's alan fisher reports from gaziantep, on the turkey-syria border.






kurdish doctors report suspected turkish gas attack in syria


beirut (ap) — six civilians suffered breathing difficulties and other symptoms indicative of poison gas inhalation after an attack launched by turkey on the kurdish-controlled enclave of afrin, syrian kurdish news outlets and syria’s state-run news agency reported saturday.the news outlets quoted local doctors in afrin as saying the hospital treated six cases of people who suffered shortness of breath, vomiting and skin rashes. the syrian observatory for human rights monitoring group also quoted local doctors in its report.the claims could not be independently confirmed, and videos released from the hospital showed people being fitted with oxygen masks who did not otherwise show symptoms of gas attack inhalation such as twitching, foaming at the mouth or vomiting.sana on saturday said turk






syria: turkey war planes launch strikes on afrin


image copyrightafpimage caption turkish war planes hit kurdish positions on the syrian side of the border on saturday turkish war planes have launched air strikes on kurdish fighters in northern syria in a move likely to raise tensions with the us.turkey wants to oust the ypg militia, which it calls a terrorist group, from afrin region on its southern border.the us-backed ypg says at least nine people were killed in the air strikes. russia has moved its troops away from afrin, saying it is concerned but will not interfere. syria denounced turkey's "aggression" and "brutal attack".turkey had been shelling the area for two days, ahead of its declaration of a military operation on saturday.in a nutshell: the 100, 300 and 700-word storyturkish foreign minister mevlut cavusoglu says turkey has






syria: turkey war planes launch strikes on afrin


image copyrightafpimage caption turkish war planes hit kurdish positions on the syrian side of the border on saturday turkish war planes have launched air strikes on kurdish fighters in northern syria in a move likely to raise tensions with the us.turkey wants to oust the ypg militia, which it calls a terrorist group, from afrin region on its southern border.the us-backed ypg says at least nine people were killed in the air strikes. russia has moved its troops away from afrin, saying it is concerned but will not interfere. syria denounced turkey's "aggression" and "brutal attack".turkey had been shelling the area for two days, ahead of its declaration of a military operation on saturday.in a nutshell: the 100, 300 and 700-word storyturkish foreign minister mevlut cavusoglu says turkey has






assad quietly aids ypg against turkey | syria news


us-backed ypg in northern syria says it has reached agreements with the russian and iran-backed regime of bashar al-assad to allow reinforcements to be sent to afrin, to sustain their war against turkey.ypg is regarded by turkey as an extension of the kurdistan workers' party (pkk), which has fought a three-decade armed conflict in turkey and is regarded as a terrorist group by the us and the european union.kino gabriel, spokesman for the kurdish-dominated syrian democratic forces (sdf), said to reuters news agency that ypg has reached an understanding with the assad regime."there are different ways to get reinforcements to afrin, but the fundamental route is via regime forces. there are understandings between the two forces ... for the sake of delivering reinforcements to afrin."while ypg






turkey's troops cross over into syria's afrin | news


turkey's prime minister says ground troops have crossed into the syrian enclave of afrin as part of an operation against syrian kurdish armed group ypg.in a press conference in istanbul on sunday, binali yildirim said turkish forces crossed into the ypg-controlled region in syria at 08:05 gmt from the turkish village of gulbaba.he said turkey plans to establish a 30km "safe zone" in afrin.turkey considers syria's kurdish democratic union party (pyd) and its armed wing, the ypg, "terrorist groups" with ties to the banned kurdistan workers' party (pkk), which has waged a decades-long fight inside turkey.it fears the establishment of a kurdish corridor along its border.turkish news agency anadolu reported that the turkish forces were backed by armoured vehicles, special forces and infantry re






turkey vows to attack kurdish enclave in syria within ‘days’


istanbul (ap) — turkey’s president says it will launch a military assault on a kurdish enclave in northern syria “in the coming days.”president recep tayyip erdogan said sunday the operation against the afrin enclave will aim to “purge terror” from his country’s southern border.afrin is controlled by a kurdish militia known as the ypg, which turkey views as a terror group and an extension of the kurdish insurgency raging in its southeast.erdogan said the new operation would be an extension of turkey’s 2016 incursion into northern syria, which was aimed at combatting the islamic state group and stemming the advance of u.s.-backed kurdish forces. turkish troops are stationed in rebel-held territory on both sides of afrin.most read storiesunlimited digital access. $1 for 4 weeks.






turkey: broad public support for afrin's operation | news


turkey is facing what could be difficult talks on syria with us secretary of state rex tillerson next week.its offensive in northern syria against kurdish fighters is straining ties with washington.but the operation has strong public support in turkey.al jazeera's sinem koseoglu reports from istanbul, turkey.






refugee returns expected after afrin operation: turkey | syria news


tens of thousands of syrians are expected to return to the kurdish region of afrin after turkey finishes its military offensive against the ypg militia and secures the area, turkish officials said on thursday.turkey - together with the syrian opposition free syrian army (fsa) rebel group - last month launched an air-and-ground operation into afrin in the northwest of syria to vanquish the us-backed kurdish people's protection units (ypg) fighters near its border.turkey hosts the vast majority of refugees who fled the war in syria with 3.4 million displaced within its borders, according to the turkish government. about 5.6 million syrians have left the war-torn country since march 2011."turkey will try to enhance the infrastructure and resources in afrin after it is secured for them to retu






turkey vows imminent assault on kurdish enclave in syria


istanbul — turkey's president said sunday the country will launch a military assault on a kurdish enclave in northern syria "in the coming days," and urged the u.s. to support its efforts.president recep tayyip erdogan said the operation against the afrin enclave aims to "purge terror" from his country's southern border.afrin is controlled by a syrian kurdish militia known as the ypg. turkey considers the ypg to be a terrorist group linked to the outlawed kurdistan workers' party (pkk) that has waged a bloody insurgency within its borders.a ypg spokesman in afrin said clashes erupted after midnight between his unit and turkish troops near the border with turkey. rojhat roj said the shelling of areas in afrin district, in aleppo province, killed one ypg fighter and injured a couple of civil






turkish jets bombard u.s. ally in nearby syria, ground forces mass near border


turkish jets bombed the kurdish-controlled city of afrin in northern syria on saturday, as president recep tayyip erdogan promised to expand turkey's military border operations against a kurdish group that has been the u.s.'s key syria ally in the war on the islamic state group.the raids came on the heels of a week of sharp threats by the turkish government, promising to clear the kurdish people's protection units, or ypg, from afrin and its surrounding countryside, also called afrin. turkey's military is calling the campaign operation olive branch.turkey says the ypg — a group it considers a terrorist organization — is an extension of an outlawed kurdish rebel group that it is fighting inside its own borders, and it has found common cause with syrian opposition groups who view the ypg as






turkey resumes afrin operation in northern syria | turkey news


turkey has resumed air attacks in the enclave of afrin in northern syria, destroying more than a dozen targets and "neutralising" at least 34 rebels, the turkish army says.the fighters belonged to the syrian kurdish armed group ypg and the islamic state of iraq and the levant (isil, also known as isis) group, according to the army. turkish state news agency anadolu reported on friday that turkish armed forces struck 19 targets overnight, as part of its ongoing operation inside syria.according to turkish media, ankara's aerial campaign was briefly halted after russia closed the airspace over afrin, as a result of the downing of a russian jet in neighbouring idlib province.    since the operation started in january 20, an estimated 1,062 ypg and isil fighters have been "neutralised", a term






how to use swarm ai instead of polls for market research


image: istockp o.com/digtialstorm in may 2016, techrepublic challenged a startup called unanimous a.i. to predict what some thought would be impossible: the superfecta at the kentucky derby.hardly anyone, including louis rosenberg, ceo of unanimous a.i., thought this would actually work—but he accepted the challenge, creating an artificial "swarm" through an ai-based platform called unu that picked the top four horses, in order, at the 2016 derby.the swarm consisted o roup of 20 people with some knowledge of horse racing, chosen anonymously, who participated on the unu platform. the model, based loosely on the concept of nature's swarms—how do honeybees decide where to migrate to?—incorporated a kind of group intelligence, a collective decision.the result? the swarm correctly predicted th