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Published: Tue, March 13, 2018
Global Media | By Abel Hampton

Civilians organise 'human shield' to protect Kurdish Afrin

Civilians organise 'human shield' to protect Kurdish Afrin

Several spontaneous protests have taken place across Germany, which is home to a large Turkish immigrant population, in response to advances by Turkish troops on Afrin, with just a couple of hundred meters separating them from the city, according to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, which monitors the conflict through a network of activists on the ground. It is part of the wider territory known as Rojava, held by Kurds and their allies.

"Hey NATO, with what has been going on in Syria, when are you going to come and be alongside us?"

A total of 18 PKK terrorists were "neutralized" in Turkey's southeastern provinces of Diyarbakir, Mardin and northern Iraq this week, the Turkish General Staff said on Saturday, APA reports quoting Anadolu agency. NATO, Turkey is not a NATO country? Unfortunately, until now, there has not been a positive word or voice. NATO, Turkey is not a NATO country? Because of possible links with the PKK, Turkey has categorized Syria's Kurdhish militia as a "terrorist organization" and vows to act accordingly against it. "As SYPG and JAS, we will launch a new group of human shields against the invasion of the Cizirê region and the Firat (Euphrates) region". In January, U.S. had announced plans to help the Kurdish militia form a 30,000-strong "border security force" which was received in Ankara with alarm and anger. The YPG has been an important ally for the United States in the fight against Islamic State.

Qamishli is seen as the main town of the YPG-controlled region.

"Once we have purged the terrorists (from Afrin) we will then cleanse them from Manbij, Ayn al-Arab, Tel-Abyad, Ras al-Ayn and Qamishli", he said in televised comments.

On Saturday, global activists and Kurdish communities in foreign countries marched and protested against what they called the Turkish aggression against Afrin and European arms trade with Turkey.

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