Fighting was ongoing in the Syrian village of al-Jalameh on Monday between Kurdish militia, and Turkish forces and allied Syrian rebels, as they are advancing towards the flashpoint town of Afrin, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said.
Ammunition belts slung over their shoulders, voices cracking from the chanting, dozens of young Syrian Kurds amassed in Afrin’s town square to enlist in the “resistance” movement against a Turkish-backed assault. A few admitted it was the first time they had ever touched a weapon, but said they felt compelled to defend their hometown.
US-led coalition forces in Syria have returned fire after being shot at by Turkey-backed rebels near the northern city of Manbij, according to a coalition spokesman.
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