3195 terrorists 'neutralized' in Turkey's Afrin op

Turkey finds proof of YPG  PKK using children for terror

Turkey launched its operation seeking to oust Kurdish People s Protection Units (YPG) militia from the Afrin region of northern Syria on January 20 and Erdogan said Thursday its forces could now enter Afrin town at "any moment".

"Now our objective is Afrin".

Bayram, who tried to leave the city through al-Zeyara village which links Afrin to the regime-held area, was apprehended by YPG/PKK members.

President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Saturday vowed to expand Turkey s offensive in Syria against Kurdish militia to key border towns controlled by the group right up to the Iraqi frontier.

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

Erdogan also said that a total of 3,171 terrorists have been "neutralised" in Afrin since the start of Operation Olive Branch in northwestern Syria.

Ankara said it might also extend its aggression further east to Manbij unless the PYD/PKK leaves the strategically located city.

"The forces of Erdogan's Turkish army. are 10 to 15 km away from it (Afrin)", YPG spokesman Nouri Mahmoud said.

Pro-Ankara fighters could be seen taking heavy machine guns and ammunition from the base, even as they continued to exchange fire with nearby Kurdish fighters. "We have established working groups for that", Mevlut Cavusoglu said in an interview with the German weekly Die Zeit on Friday.

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

Turkish authorities often use the word "neutralised" in their statements to imply the terrorists in question either surrendered or were killed or captured.

Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu has announced time for completing the Olive Branch operation in the Syrian Afrin. "The next day we will ensure that the eastern side of the Euphrates River is cleared of the terrorists up to the border with Iraq", Erdogan added.

The PKK, listed as a terrorist organization by Turkey, the United States, and the European Union, resumed its 30-year armed campaign against Turkey government in July 2015 after a brief reconciliation period. To date, Damascus is the only major player to send forces to defend Afrin.

Jarablus was liberated from Daesh terrorists by Turkey's Operation Euphrates Shield in September 2016.

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