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On Jan. 20, Turkey began targeting northern Syria with airstrikes and heavy shelling in a campaign that it claims is designed to neutralize a security threat on its southern border.(The YPG has only returned fire against Turkish positions that have shelled us). Our only war is with militants from Daesh (ISIS), a fight the United States has supported us in waging. Ever since the Syrian conflict began in 2011, Turkey has aligned itself with the wrong side. Turkey also lent support to from Al-Qaeda's Syrian affiliate, Jabhat Fatah al-Sham (formerly the Nusra Front).Until recently, Turkish leaders turned a blind eye to the foreign fighters transiting through their country to join Daesh in Syria. These battles also came at a steep cost to my soldiers, who bore the brunt of the militants' ferocity; Daesh killed thousands of our fighters, while the U.S. military, which suffered some 4,500 casualties during the Iraq War, has lost only four soldiers in Syria.According to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, at least 70 civilians – and 21 children – have been killed during the operation, while more than 100 SDF soldiers have perished, including one female soldier whose body was mutilated by Turkish forces.
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