Turkish military, FSA liberate 8 more villages in Afrin

Pauline Gross
March 15, 2018

"It sounds like Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan is daydreaming when he says Afrin will fall tonight", Redur Khalil told AFP.

A local government militia reportedly shelled Turkish forces in the town of Marea in northern Syria today, in retaliation to an airstrike on a checkpoint, which killed eight of their combatants near Afrin.

Erdogan reiterated that in the Turkish-led counter-terrorist operation, the utmost care is being taken to avoid harming civilians, and that if they had not done so, the operation would have been over by now.

Turkish-backed militants walk during the battle to take over the town of Sharran, which is controlled by the Kurdish People's Protection Units (YPG), north of the Syrian city of Afrin, on March 6, 2018.

"This evening he will take all of Afrin?" said YPG spokesman Nouri Mahmoud.

Turkish military chiefs on Tuesday said they had "neutralised" 3,400 "terrorists" since launching "Olive Branch" in January. They are too scared to criticise their Turkish ally. They did this all together as coalition powers.

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Erdogan added that around 1,300 square kilometers of land have been cleared of YPG terrorists almost two months after Ankara's cross-border operation in northern Syria.

In the space of 54 days, Turkish forces have captured around 1,300 square kilometers of territory, and neutralized nearly 3,500 "terrorists", according to reports by Turkish media.

On Jan. 20, Turkey launched Operation Olive Branch to clear YPG/PKK and ISIS militants from the region of Afrin, near Turkey's southern border.

"In no circumstances does it justify military operations that put civilian populations in danger", he added, branding the situation in Afrin "critical".

Votel said Turkey's ongoing military operation in Syria has led to a "little bit of tension" between Washington and Ankara that the two sides are working through largely diplomatically but also militarily to overcome.

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 the oppression and cruelty of terrorists.

Other reports by GizPress

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