>> Turkish ground forces pushed into Syria's Afrin province on Sunday, as the country vowed to crush the Syrian Kurdish YPG militia. That Group, supported by the United States, but seen as a terrorist organization by Turkey, says it repulsed the Turks and their allies after fierce clashes. The Turkish military claims to have hit over 150 targets so far, Killing six civilians and three YPG fighters, but are accused by the YPG of striking civilians districts, and a camp for the displaced.
Turkish president Tayyip Erdoğan spokesman, tweeted that the operation labeled, Olive Branch was going well. The YPGs said their people would not surrender, and that they will protect their supporters in Afrin. Operation Olive Branch pits Turkey against Kurdish fighters allied to the United States, at a time when ties between Ankara and Washington appear close to breaking point.
Turkey sees the YPG as an extension of the outlawed Kurdistan Workers Party, or the PKK. They previously carried out a deadly long-term insurgency in Turkey's mainly Kurdish southeast. The United States is backing the YPG, in Syria seeing it as an effective partner in the fight against Islamic State.