Turkey announces preliminary end date of Olive Branch Op. in Afrin

Ebony Scott
March 10, 2018

Nouri Mahmoud, a spokesperson for the Kurdish People's Protection Units (YPG) troops, contradicted the claims.

In the face of Turkish aggression, repeatedly denounced by the Damascus government to the United Nations and other global organizations, units of the pro-government Syrian People's Forces recently moved to Afrin, which forces support the YPG.

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

Turkish troops and FSA cleared Hallubi Kabir village in Afrin's northeast from PYD/PKK terrorist group, and took control of a dam which provides water to Azaz and Afrin regions. "So hopefully, we can make some headway at that level today". "The next day we will ensure that the east of Euphrates will be cleared of terrorists up to the Iraqi border", he said.

Manbij is regarded as a particularly delicate issue as the USA - unlike in Afrin - has a presence there, raising the prospect of a direct clash with Turkey.

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It was stated by Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu in Ankara today (Thursday).

Turkey launched Operation Olive Branch in January, its second military intervention in Syria since 2011, after Washington said it would set up a border force comprising 30,000 Kurdish militants near Turkish soil. Turkey sees the YPG as a terrorist group and an extension of the outlawed Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK).

The PKK, which has carried out a three-decade insurgency in Turkey's mainly Kurdish southeast, is considered a terrorist organization by the United States, Turkey and the European Union.

The operation may start after Iraq holds parliamentary polls scheduled for May, Xinhua quoted Cavusoglu as saying.

Other reports by GizPress

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