In just three days more than 150 thousand people have fled the city of Afrin in northern Syria to escape a Turkish military offensive. Turkish troops and Syrian opposition allies began the advance on the Kurdish enclave nearly two months ago.
Amnesty International says Turkish forces in the northern Syrian city of Afrin are giving Syrian militias "free rein" to commit serious human rights abuses. The group alleges torture, forced disappearances and looting.
Recent diplomatic tension and harsh rhetoric have pushed Germany and Turkey apart, but the relationship is not completely shattered. On economic issues in particular, the two countries share common goals.
The Kurdish militia YPG is America’s main partner in the fight against IS. Foreign fighters have joined its ranks, including German nationals. DW spoke to one of them, who has just received his marching orders.
A German national has been arrested in Turkey for allegedly trying to join the Syrian Kurdish YPG militia, Turkish media reported. Turkey alleges he was formerly in the German military, which the Bundeswehr denied.
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