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Tim Hogan @TimInHonolulu
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1. Afrin Syria Saturday am 20 Jan. I can't confirm this report but it would not surprise me. I've followed the #YPG & #YPJ since Fall 2014. I note equipment changes Kept count of force size. Posted dozens of clips of every @CJTFOIR presser on my YouTube channel. Afrin
2. Afrin was always a black box. I saw what appeared to be US small arms with Afrin YPG in contrast to the SDF forces in the rest of Syria. Possible they were beneficiaries of CIA Train & Equip debacle. Won't report estimates of force size but by 2016 it was already large.
3. One thing I observed starting in #Kobane and continuing on uninterrupted is when #Kurds capture weapons and arms they police it up, inventory it and put it to use. Neat rows of weapons and ammo. Documented each time with video and photos. I've seen many dozens of such posts.
4. I've seen several T-55's in really good shape. I recall the sad loss of a #YPJ crew during the Azaz Marea action. So far #SDF have been using large caliber AA guns to fire back at Turkish forces. Without armor Turkish infantry must advance to face motivated skilled shooters.
5. Weather is clear in Afrin for at least today. If #Turkey is going to start an air campaign, it's likely today. Will #Russia & #Assad surrender Syrian sovereignty to an invading force for genocide of peaceful historical occupant? We shall see. @KremlinRussia_E @USEmbassySyria
6. It's Sunday a.m. in #Afrin. Hate being right in yesterday's post about likely Turkish air assault.
#YPG command requested reporting black out. It was immediate and total. It's one of the combat disciplines that made #SDF so successful. They could teach operational security.
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