Erdogan: 3089 terrorists 'neutralized' in Afrin operation

Katrina Barker
March 10, 2018

Speaking further, the Turkish head pointed out that the center of the Syrian city of Afrin was surrounded, adding that the Turkish forces were ready to enter it at any moment.

In January, Ankara launched an offensive against the Kurdish fighters in Syria's Afrin region, which includes the central town with several villages and swathes of countryside around it. "And the next day we will ensure that terrorists are cleared east of the Euphrates River up to the Iraqi border", he said.

The US views the YPG as an ally in Syria, where the militant group forms the backbone of the SDF that is being trained, equipped and protected by the Americans.

"We're in Afrin today".

The US forces in Manbij have recently resisted Turkey's calls for them to leave the area. The official Ankara says all military and political institutions of Syrian Kurds are terrorist organizations and urges the U.S. to curtail the relations with them.

He said almost 800 square-kilometre of land in Afrin has been liberated by Turkey.

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

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

The military also said only terror targets are being destroyed and that "utmost care" is being taken to avoid harming civilians. He predicted the invasion of Afrin, in northern Syria, would be completed by then.

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