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Turks in Canada pray for military success against “terrorist” Kurds in Syria

Turkish citizens living in Canada held a prayer ceremony on Sunday for the victory of the Turkish military’s counter-terrorism operation in northwestern Syria.

The prayer program was organized by the Turkish Cultural Association in Montreal, a city in southeastern Canada, to show support for the Operation Olive Branch against the PYD/PKK and Daesh terrorists in the Syrian city of Afrin.

They also prayed for the Turkish troops carrying out their duties in other places in the world.

Mehmet Ors, head of the association, said at the event that they had gathered to express their support to the Turkish state as well as the Turkish military.

“May Allah help our state and our military,” he added.

Background… Turkey’s Operation in Northern Syria

A Turkish assault against Kurdish forces in Syria, such as the ongoing one, was expected by everyone, including the U.S.

Now, three weeks into its controversial offensive against a Kurdish enclave in northern Syria, Turkey’s military is facing fierce resistance from the U.S.-backed Kurdish fighters in the city of Afrin.

Observing the daily operations since they began on January 20, it is noticeable that the Turkish military and its allied Syrian rebels, backed by Turkish air support, have made little progress in taking control of Kurdish-held territory — the main objective behind Ankara’s decision to launch the offensive in Syria.


‘It’s a kill box. There’s nowhere left to hide,’ say Syrians as war enters deadly new phase

Syria is suffering one of its bloodiest weeks of the nearly seven-year war as government and Russian jets pound rebel-held areas, with the United Nations saying it will “no longer stay silent”.

Hundreds of air strikes have hit the besieged Damascus suburb of Eastern Ghouta and the northwestern province of Idlib in the last few days alone as Bashar al-Assad’s regime drastically escalates its campaign to reconquer opposition territory.

More than 110 civilians were killed in Eastern Ghouta on Monday and Tuesday, including 43 women and children, and a further 23 on Wednesday.


Thousands of ISIS Fighters Flee in Syria, Many to Fight Another Day

WASHINGTON — Thousands of Islamic State foreign fighters and family members have escaped the American-led military campaign in eastern Syria, according to new classified American and other Western military and intelligence assessments, a flow that threatens to tarnish American declarations that the militant group has been largely defeated.


Syrian Kurds outraged over mutilation of female fighter

Syrian Kurds have accused Turkish-backed rebels of mutilating then filming the body of one of their female fighters after a video emerged of her corpse.

Turkey and allied Syrian rebels have pressed an offensive since 20 January against the Kurdish enclave of Afrin in northern Syria, whose Kurdish fighters Ankara views as terrorists.

A Kurdish official identified the woman as Barin Kobani, who took part in a US-backed campaign to drive the Islamic State jihadist group from the northern town of Kobani.

The Kurds blamed the “terrorist allies of the enemy Turkish state” for mutilating the body of Kobani, who was a member of the all-female Kurdish Women’s Protection Units.

Warning Graphic video at link – Translation required.


Syria: Russian warplane shot down and pilot killed on ground by rebels in Sarqeb

Syrian rebels have killed a Russian pilot after his plane was shot down in the country’s northwest.

The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights says the pilot was killed after landing alive on the ground near the rebel-held town of Sarqeb, in Idlib province.

Syrian troops have been trying to reach the town under the cover of Russian airstrikes.


Syrian rebels gamble on Turkish alliance to fight Kurds and Assad

The young rebel from Idlib rolled down his sock to reveal a deep, blackened gash, a grim memento of weeks as an Islamic State captive. The man who tortured him in that prison was on his mind when he heard that Turkey was offering military training to 500 men, and decided to sign up.

Like all the recruits to Ankara’s latest experiment, he was a seasoned anti-Assad rebel with battlefield experience but no military education. Turkey promised to drill and discipline them, creating the nucleus of a new Syrian rebel army.

“They told us: ‘You have been fighting for six years, God bless you, but we want to train you to be soldiers’,” the former prisoner said. Like all Syrian fighters and officials who agreed to interviews about the latest offensive, he spoke on condition of anonymity because of the sensitivity of relations with Turkey.


Residents of the Syrian city Deir al-Zour survived a three-year siege by the Islamic State

TWELVE-YEAR-OLD MUSTAFA GRINNED as he bit into an apple, munching away excitedly. Only a month ago, he sunk his teeth into a piece of fresh fruit for the first time in three years. Mustafa, along with his family, survived a siege.

Mustafa’s mother, Sara, her face gaunt like that of her teenage daughter, described how they made it. “We would have to buy tomato paste by the gram,” said Sara, whose family name The Intercept is withholding for security reasons. “Our daily food consisted of rice or lentils. Get meat, fruit, or vegetables out of your head, they didn’t exist. Forget the fridge, there was never any power to keep it running. Forget everything.” Pointing to Mustafa, she asked, “Look at him. Does he look like a normal 12-year-old? Look at the girls. Do they look healthy?”


The Chinese Jihadist Separatists Fighting in Syria

Last month, on an empty stretch of road somewhere in northwestern Syria, tens of military vehicles slowly drove single-file in a parade led by a little-known jihadist group.

In a time when many armed groups are struggling to stay alive and are under constant threat of bombardment by Syrian, Iranian, Russian or U.S. warplanes, it is becoming increasingly rare to see such outward and ostentatious displays of strength in Syria.

But what is especially surprising about this particular parade is exactly who did it: it was not Syrians or even Arabs, but Chinese separatist fighters.


Screaming ISIS fighters panic and desperately try to escape in makeshift tank before being blown up in Syria in dramatic Go-pro footage

Explosive footage captures the final moments of a group of ISIS combatants as they desperately fled a battle scene in defeat.

Having watched their comrades being gunned down by soldiers from Hezbollah and the Syrian Army, the ISIS fighter tried escape in a makeshift tank, before being blown up by oncoming missiles.

Flanked on both sides and unable to find respite, the panicked terrorists were obliterated by a direct hit from an anti-tank missile.


ISIS Targeting U.S. Children As Revenge For Syrian Airstrikes

The message was posted in a pro-ISIS Telegram channel on Monday and spread across a variety of pro-ISIS chat groups.

“I wish that I could travel to Europe or America or Australia and, by Allah, burn their children with oil in place of their men and women,” read the message, which referenced the death of Muslim families in Albu Kamal in Eastern Syria.