Erdogan: The maneuvers of Olive Branch in Syria will carry on till the corridor between Manbij, Ain al-Arab (Kobane), Tal Abyad, Ras al-Ain and Qamishli is eliminated
Turkey has no intension to stop the Olive Branch operation in Syria. At least for now. This, despite the fact that the TAF and the allies of the FSA have just conquered Afrin. The president Recep Tayyip Erdogan during a speech in Ankara declared “The maneuvers will continue till the corridor through Manbij, Ain al-Arab (Kobane), Tal Abyad, Ras al-Ain and Qamishli will be dismantled. Only then will they stop, God willing”. In confirmation of his words, the Free Syrian Army continued to advance towards the eastern part of the Kurdish city, taking control of the village of Shaala. Moreover, it seems that the Turkish forces are about to launch an operation on a vaste scale to take Tal Rifaat. Meanwhile the Syrian president Bashar Assad has asked Ankara an unilateral withdrawal from Afrin. Turkey, however, will have to face 3 enemies.
Besides the Kurdish forces of YPG/SDF, at Tal Rifaa there are also the pro-Assad Militia and the USA at Manbij
The advance of Olive Branch in Syria, however, will become more complicated. If Afrin was defended exclusively by the YPG/SDF fighters, this will not apply to the other objectives of the Turkish offensive. At Tal Rifaat in the last hours tens of pro-Assad militants with heavy weapons arrived. The forces are lined up, as in the past, at Kafar Npbl and Zahra to prevent possible invasions by Ankara and the FSA. At Manbij, moreover, there has just been the visit of a delegation of the usa State Department. The latter have promised to the Kurds that they will defend the city at all costs from any attack. Whether internal or external. Therefore, if Erdogan will decide to continue the operation, he will necessarily have to face both the Syrian pro-government and the International Coalition troops. The first taste of what could happen, however, has already been tried. The Damascus army (SAA) has already launched, from Hnadarat, more than 40 missiles against Olive Branch on the the mountain of Anadan.