Russian troops withdraw from Afrin ahead of Turkish invasion

By Leith Aboufadel

BEIRUT, LEBANON (5:45 P.M.) – The Russian military has withdrawn from the Afrin Canton in northwestern Aleppo, government sources reported this afternoon.

The Russian troops left their posts near the Mennagh Airport prior to the Turkish Air Force’s heavy bombardment of this area near the Afrin Canton.

With the Russian withdrawal, the Turkish military now has the green light to launch their long-awaited offensive to kick out the People’s Protection Units (YPG) from the Afrin Canton.

The Turkish Air Force is currently bombarding several areas in the Afrin Canton, including many densely populated towns.

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