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Afrin operation is just start of Turkey’s anti-terror fight

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Turkey’s long-anticipated military operation in the Afrin province of northern Syria was launched on Jan. 20 with the aim of clearing the region of the People’s Protection Units (YPG), a Syrian Kurdish militia group that Ankara sees as a terrorist organization because of its links with the outlawed Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK).

The YPG is the armed wing of the Democratic Union Party (PYD), a political group that represents the Syrian Kurdish population. Back in 2011, the year the Syrian civil war erupted, neither the PYD nor the YPG were known or accepted by either Syria or the international community.

In today’s world, however, the PYD-YPG has won the sponsorship of the world’s super power the U.S, and controls approximately a quarter of Syrian territories thanks to its ally’s unending military and political support. It is estimated that the group has recruited more than 30,000 armed fighters but has the potential to increase this number to around 80,000.

The group has also gained legitimacy in........

© Hürriyet Daily News