The resistance in Afrin against the Turkish and jihadist invasion has been ongoing for over five weeks. Contradicting his earlier statements predicting a fast and risk-free victory, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has now admitted that it is not possible to say when “Operation Olive Branch” will end.
The TV stations supporting the Afrin resistance have been playing back the timeline of confident statements in the Turkish press about how fast Afrin would fall: “three hours,” then “three days,” then “a week,” then “we don’t know.”
There are many jokes about this being made on the front lines, in the streets and in the houses in this district, places where a popular resistance has taken hold which is, in fact, already victorious. The popular mobilization is going on unabated, and it is common knowledge that Turkey is trying to frighten the population to make them give up the battle.