Erdogan: Turkish Forces to Enter Afrin At Any Moment

11 March, 2018, 01:47 | Author: Mable Gonzales
  • Syrian Kurdish-led forces move from IS fronts to Afrin Turkey objects

The US proposal to establish a permanent 30,000 strong force on the Turkish-Syrian border prompted the military offensive "Operation Olive Branch" to launch in the north of Syria earlier this year.

Despite the nationwide Syrian cease-fire brokered by the United Nations Security Council on February 24, Turkey has intensified attacks to dislodge the main Syrian Kurdish militia, the YPG.

"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.

The move came a day after Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said his troops and the Syrian fighters they were backing could break into the Kurdish-controlled town "at any moment".

Turkey has warned that the Afrin offensive could expand to the nearby Syrian city of Manbij.

Nauert added that, "This is an introductory meeting where we can start to hopefully work out some of these issues. Approximately 850 square kilometers are under our control during the Afrin operation, and our aim is to clear 2,000 square kilometers from terrorists", he added.

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Turkish state media said Turkey's advance continued on Friday, with the forces now on the edge of the Afrin municipal district.

According to the Turkish Armed Forces General Staff on March 8, since the beginning of the operation 3,055 PKK, PYD, and YPG militants have been killed.

Turkey and its allies have so far seized five of the seven urban centers in the Afrin region, it said.

Ankara says 42 Turkish soldiers have died in the fight.

Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu has announced time for completing the Olive Branch operation in the Syrian Afrin.

In August 2016, Turkey began a unilateral military intervention in northern Syria, code-named Operation Euphrates Shield, sending tanks and warplanes across the border.



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