Afrin in the province of Aleppo is populated predominantly by ethnic Kurds. Here, the militants supported by Turkey are confronted by self-defense units, which include representatives of the local Kurdish population. Turkish artillery at this time continues to strike at the positions of the Kurdish militia, oppressing the militants.
It must be recalled: a few weeks ago, the Syrian Kurds reported that the Turkish military covered construction brigades involved in the transfer of border infrastructure into the Syrian territory. After that, official Ankara announced a desire to create a “buffer zone” on the border land of Syria, as an element of the “national security of the Turkish state”. Why, at the time when the militants of the ISIL and Dzhebhat en-Nusra were ready to completely capture Syria, did Ankara not create a buffer zone in Turkey?