Kurdish militias fighting against Turkey in the Syrian enclave of Afrin have called on the government of Syrian dictator Bashar al-Assad to intervene and protect the area’s borders, The Guardian reported.
The latest development, nearly a week into Turkey’s military offensive, could undermine Kurdish aspirations for self-governance and, if heeded, could set the stage for a direct military confrontation between Ankara and Damascus.
Ankara launched a military offensive into Afrin spearheaded by its Syrian opposition allies in order to oust the People’s Protection Units (YPG) from the Kurdish enclave, which borders Turkey.
Turkey considers the YPG and its affiliates as the Syrian wing of the Kurdistan Workers
The Afrin offensive was launched after the US announced it wanted to build a 30,000 strong border guard to patrol Syria’s frontiers that would include members of the YPG, a prospect that Turkey considers a major national security threat.