26 August 2016 Friday

The Turkish soldiers have been warmly welcomed by Free Syrian Army (FSA) soldiers and residents of Jarabulus, after they regained Jarabulus from the ISIL extremists in the Euphrates Shield operation conducted with the support of the Turkish army.

The soldiers met the FSA soldiers as a group of soldiers, led by the Special Forces Commander Zekai Aksakalli, went to Jarabulus to check the latest status of the region.

Turkish soldiers offered Turkish delights to the FSA soldiers and a FSA commander hugged Aksakalli to show his gratefulness to the Turkish army.

Meanwhile, ten more tanks were sent into Syria from the Karkamis town of Gaziantep, where the tanks are located on the second day of the Euphrates Shield operation.

After the tanks were sent into Syria, 15 tanks departed from Istanbul to reach Gaziantep along with a number of armored cars.

The visit came after the operation in which one opposition fighter was killed, while none of the Turkish soldiers fell martyr.

ISIL were pulled out from Jarabulus and deployed in al-Bab town.

Turkey-supported success ‘disappointment for PYD’

Turkey’s operation was a disappointment for Saleh Muslim, the Democratic Union Party (PYD) leader.

The U.S.-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), a coalition largely composed of the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK)-affiliated People’s Protection Units (YPG), said that it will cross back to the east side of the Euphrates River.

The bulk of the SDF were deployed in Menbij town after crossing west of the Euphrates River, which Ankara has stated as its red line. Also U.S. Vice President Joe Biden confirmed YPG will withdraw back to the east of the Euphrates River.

However, recent reports reveal that the Turkish Army is responding to PYD attacks with artillery fire, as it tries to gain new ground, despite U.S assurances that PYD units were moving to the east bank of the Euphrates River.

Source: World Bulletin.

Link: http://www.worldbulletin.net/news/176662/turkish-soldiers-welcomed-warmly-in-jarabulus.