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Turkey to fight the Kurds in Northern Syria uses former militants of the terrorist group “Islamic state” (IG, is prohibited in Russia). About it the newspaper The Independent said one of the former militants.
“Most of those who have fought the [Syrian] vs Afrin YPG is ISIS,” he said. According to the interlocutor of the edition, to hide this fact, Ankara “concealed” the fact that her side of the war, fighters from the “Free Syrian Army” (FSA), which supports the international coalition.
According to the newspaper, the leadership of the Turkish army does not encourage the extremists use their usual tactics with suicide bombers and blowing up cars because it “could make the cooperation of the IG and Turkey too obvious.”
The exact number of militants “Islamic state” fighting on the side of the Turks, is not specified. Thus, according to the publication, in action against Kurds involved 6 thousand Turkish soldiers and 10 thousand soldiers of the SAA.
Turkey on 20 January announced the beginning of “operation Olive branch” in ‘ afrīn against the Kurdish party “Democratic Union” and its armed people’s protection Units (YPG), which Ankara recognized terrorist.
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