Turkish troops can enter Syria's Afrin "at any moment": Erdogan

11 March, 2018, 01:46 | Author: Kim Reid
  • Turkish troops can enter Syria's Afrin

President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said on Friday that Turkey-backed troops had surrounded Afrin city centre in northwestern Syria and were ready to enter at any moment as part of Operation Olive Branch.

"Olive Branch" initially made slow progress, but the capture on Thursday of Jandairis, a major town in the Kurdish-held enclave, has given the operation a clear shot at the central town of Afrin.

The PKK is a designated terrorist organisation by Turkey, the United States and the European Union.

Three YPG  PKK terrorists surrender in southeast Turkey
Turkish troops can enter Syria's Afrin "at any moment": Erdogan

"Turkey will make sure the east of the Euphrates to the Iraqi border is cleansed of any terrorist group after operations in Syria", he said.

Turkish armed forces are besieging the Syrian Kurdish-controlled district of Afrin in northern Syria, Turkey's president has said. As of now, we have Afrin encircled.

Nauert added that, "This is an introductory meeting where we can start to hopefully work out some of these issues".

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"The number of neutralized terrorists in Afrin has risen to 3,213".

"By May, the operation in Afrin will come to an end", Çavuşoğlu is quoted as saying by Turkish media.

"To date 850 square kilometers have been taken under our control".

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On Saturday, the Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights monitoring group said the Turkish forces were now four kilometres (2.5 miles) from Afrin town.

Turkey sees the YPG as the Syrian branch of the outlawed Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) which has battled the Turkish state in an over three decade long insurgency.

Ankara claimed that its military campaign was aimed at pushing the Daesh Takfiri terrorist group from Turkey's border with Syria and stopping the advance of Kurdish militia, who were themselves fighting Daesh.

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Ankara says 42 Turkish soldiers have died in the fight.

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