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Aleppo: Turkey Sets Up Military Bases in Afrin's Strategic Spots.

Summary: TEHRAN (FNA)- The Turkish Army and its allied militants continue to occupy parts of Northwestern Aleppo, as local sources say Ankara has turned several villages in Afrin region to military bases.

The Turkish army and its allies have expelled the residents of Jia border village in Raju area of Afrin in Northwestern Aleppo and turned their village to a military base, the Kurdish Hawar News website reported.

The Kurdish media pointed to the cutting of over 3,000 trees and destruction of 20 hectares of agricultural lands in the surrounding areas of the village, and said that the Turkish army has deployed tanks, armored vehicles and heavy weapons at its military base.

Hawar News also noted that the Turkish Army and its allied militants also expelled villagers from several border villages in Afrin region in Northwestern Aleppo in order to turn them into military bases.

The Turkish-backed militants have also been looting assets of the civilians in Afrin region.

In a relevant development on Saturday, field sources reported that the Syrian Army kept forces on high alert to respond to any possible military assault by the Turkish troops and allied militants on the town of Manbij in Northeastern Aleppo.

The sources said that the Damascus forces, deployed in Manbij, were on alert to counter any attack by the Turkish soldiers and Ankara-backed militants.

The sources went on to say that the Army Command ordered Presidential Guard Forces and other Damascus soldiers to give a crushing response to any military operation by the Ankara forces in Manbij region.

They further said that the Ankara forces started preparing for a military operation in Manbij after the Syrian Army's arrival in the region.

The sources quoted Ziad Hajji Obeid, Commander of the militants of Turkey-backed National Army, as saying that a sum of 15,000 militants from his group prepared to enter Manbij, adding that almost 25,000 gunmen of the Ankara-backed Free Army were preparing to enter the towns of Tal Abyadh and Ra'as al-Ein.

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Date:Jan 6, 2019
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