Turkey announces time for end of military operation in Afrin

Turkey announces time for end of military operation in Afrin

Turkey announces time for end of military operation in Afrin

"We're in Afrin today".

"Right now, Afrin city center is surrounded", Anadolu Agency quoted Erdogan as saying at the inauguration of the ruling Justice and Development (AK) Party's Politics Academy in Ankara.

The comments reflected Turkey's increasing confidence of pressing its operation against Kurdish militia in the Afrin region of northern Syria to a successful conclusion after seven weeks of fighting.

"The operations in Afrin will continue until this swamp of terror is dried", Erdogan warned.

"We have reached to consensus with the Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi on the issue to carry out the offensive together", Cavusoglu said during his visit to Austria.

According to the Turkish General Staff, the operation aims to establish security and stability along Turkey's borders and the region as well as protect Syrians from the oppression and cruelty of terrorists.

"The entire [area] is 2,000 square kilometer".

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"The forces of Erdogan's Turkish army. are 10 to 15km away from it [Afrin]", Nouri Mahmoud said. "Today, there were also clashes around Bulbul, where they announced around 30 days ago that they captured, occupied it".

The military also said only terror targets are being destroyed and "utmost care" was being taken to not harm civilians.

Thousands of people have fled heavy shelling on villages and towns near the Turkish border, many of them into Afrin town.

Erdogan questioned why North Atlantic Treaty Organisation had not come to Turkey s aid in its Syria operation when Ankara had backed critical alliance campaigns worldwide.

Ankara launched its offensive in the Afrin region on its border in January, aiming to drive out the Syrian Kurdish YPG militia, which it sees as an extension of the PKK group that has fought a three-decade insurgency inside Turkey. Erdogan asked. "We came in response to the calls on Afghanistan, Somalia and the Balkans, and now I am making the call, let s go to Syria".

This is while USA officials regard the YPG as the most effective fighting force against the Daesh Takfiri terrorist group in northern Syria, and have substantially increased their weaponry and technology support to the group.

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