Turkey, Iraq joint ops against PKK

  • Turkey, Iraq joint ops against PKK

Turkey, Iraq joint ops against PKK

The latest announcement comes amid reports of numerous gains made by the Turkish military and allied Free Syrian Army (FSA) forces, with the government stating that over 3,000 YPG fighters have been neutralised since the beginning of the operation.

He made the declaration a day after Turkish forces took control of the strategic town of Jandairis west of Afrin.

When questioned as to what would happen if the Afrin operation did not end by May, Cavusoglu assured that Turkey was capable of conducting two campaigns simultaneously.

"We are removing the last remaining obstacles standing before our besieging of Afrin city centre", he said, adding there was still about six kilometers to go to reach Afrin from the outskirts of Jinderes.

Cars and buses reportedly carrying people from across Syria's Deir ez-Zor region arrived in Afrin via the Zahra crossing on Thursday, March 8, Al-Masdar News says. "Today, there were also clashes around Bulbul, where they announced around 30 days ago that they captured, occupied it".

"We are in Afrin today, we will be in Manbij tomorrow".

"Turkey will make sure the east of the Euphrates to the Iraqi border is cleansed of any terrorist group after operations in Syria", he said.

He remarked that the cross-border operation may start after parliamentary elections in Iraq scheduled for May this year.

Turkey launched an operation in the Syrian city of Afrin on January 20 to eliminate the YPG, which Ankara views as the Syrian branch of the outlawed Kurdish Workers Party (PKK).

But the operation has ratcheted up tensions with the United States, pitting Turkey's army against a militia force allied with its fellow North Atlantic Treaty Organisation member in the battle against the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria.