Soldiers from western countries, including the US, UK and Germany, have voluntarily joined the Kurdish Peoples' Protection Units (YPG) to fight "Islamic State" militants in Syria. The YPG is one of the most effective groups battling the Islamists.
Turkey has warned of "serious consequences" for any group trying to reinforce Kurds in Afrin, after a pro-Assad militia sent troops to the region. Ankara also slammed the bombing in Ghouta as a "crime against humanity."
Turkey claims US forces in Syria are intentionally stalling the fight against the "Islamic State" to justify cooperation with Kurdish fighters. US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson is due in Ankara later this week.
Why is Turkey attacking the Kurdish enclave of Afrin in Syria? What is Ankara's larger goal? DW explains Turkey's motives and the operation's broader implications on the Syrian war.
The deployment of pro-Syrian government forces raises the prospect of clashes with Turkish forces in Afrin. Soon after the convoy arrived, Syrian state media reported that Turkey had targeted them with shellfire.
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