600 ‘Kurdish Hawks’ fighters to join Afrin op

600 ‘Kurdish Hawks’ fighters to join Afrin op

AZEZ – Anadolu Agency
600 ‘Kurdish Hawks’ fighters to join Afrin op

The Kurdish Hawks Brigade, part of the Free Syrian Army (FSA), will join Turkey’s “Operation Olive Branch” launched against the People’s Protection Units (YPG) in the northwestern province of Afrin, a brigade commander said on Feb. 25.

The brigade, which was formed by the Hamza Division, includes 400 Kurdish fighters from Azaz and 200 Arab elements, also known as “red berets.”

Fighters of the brigade will be deployed to Afrin on Feb. 26, said Comm. Hassan Abdullah Kulli.

“God willing, we will liberate our people in Afrin from PKK [outlawed Kurdistan Workers’ Party] oppression,” Kulli said.

“Black berets” of the Hamza Division are also involved in the ongoing operation in the region.

According to Turkish General Staff, “Operation Olive Branch” was launched on Jan. 20 and aims to establish security and stability along Turkish borders.