Afrin offensive: Damascus sending fighters to back Kurds against Turkey

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SYRIA-TURKEY-CONFLICT-AFRIN Syrian Kurds mourn in the northern town of Afrin during the funeral on February 18, 2018 of fighters from the People’s Protection Units (YPG) militia and the Women’s Protection Units (YPJ), killed in clashes in the Kurdish enclave in northern Syria on the border with Turkey. )AFP PHOTO / George OURFALIAN)

A crisis is deepening in northern Syria, a month after Turkey launched “Operation Olive Branch” to drive out Kurdish forces.

Syrian state TV reports pro-Assad militias will enter that battle to support the Kurds, while Ankara is warning Damascus against entering Afrin.

CGTN’s Michal Bardavid reports from Istanbul.
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Barak Barfi discusses Damascus’ backing of Kurds in Afrin

A crisis in northern Syria is deepening, a month after Turkey launched its “Operation Olive Brach” offensive to drive out Kurdish forces. Syrian state TV reports pro-Assad militias will enter that battle to support the Kurds, while Ankara is warning Damascus against entering Afrin. Barak Barfi, a research fellow at New America Foundation, discusses with CGTN’s Susan Roberts.