Turkish Forces Set for Assault on Key Kurdish-Held City in Syria by Sune Engel Rasmussen – Wall Street Journal
Turkey is preparing an imminent attack on the Syrian city of Afrin, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Friday, as its forces closed in on the main goal of a weekslong offensive against the Syrian Kurdish enclave.
Turkish soldiers and warplanes have made significant advances in the countryside of the border region of northwest Syria since launching an offensive in January that put Turkey at odds with its international partners.
Despite the nationwide Syrian cease-fire brokered by the United Nations Security Council on Feb. 24, Turkey has intensified attacks to dislodge the main Syrian Kurdish militia, the YPG. Turkey says the cross-border operation is a fight against terrorist groups and thus not covered by the cease-fire…