19th January 2016
ANF - Kurdish Question - News Desk
The Hawar News Agency (ANHA) has reported that Turkish troops have entered Syrian territory through the Jarablus border crossing this (Tuesday 19th Jan) evening.
According to the ANHA report which is based on information from local sources, Turkish military vehicles and heavy equipment accompanied by a mine detection and removal device crossed the border into Jarablus. After crossing the border, Turkish soldiers moved westwards within Syrian territory.
Sources reported that ISIS gangs in the area were all unresponsive to the activity of Turkish soldiers, and just watched them as they moved through.
According to another unconfirmed report, a Turkish troop of a thousand soldiers has now been deployed on Syrian land close to the border.
The Jarablus border crossing is the last border area with Turkey controlled by Islamic State gangs. The Turkish state has been threatening the Syrian Democratic Forces (including the YPG) to prevent them from taking this area from ISIS for the past few months, as it would mean an end to the ISIS-Turkey corridor to the Islamic State's self proclaimed capital Raqqa.
Jarablus is also seen as a strategic position by Turkey because it covers the area between the Afrin and Kobane cantons of Rojava (W.Kurdistan), which the Syrian Democratic Forces are trying to unite.