3347 militants 'neutralized' in Afrin operation

  • 3347 militants 'neutralized' in Afrin operation

3347 militants 'neutralized' in Afrin operation

Turkish military and its ally the Free Syrian Army (FSA) made rapid advances during its operation in Syria's Afrin region on Monday, only 1.5 km away from its city center, state-run Anadolu Agency reported.

A Turkish General Staff statement said the casualties occurred during sweep and clear operations in Afrin's Jinderes region.

"Turkey will fight terrorists anywhere they operate", Erdogan said, once again promising new military operations in Syria, including in the areas held by the US-backed Kurdish-led militias.

The YPG and allied forces, under the umbrella organization the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), control over 60 percent of the Syrian border with Turkey, which has raised security concerns in Ankara.

On Saturday, the Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights monitoring group said the Turkish forces were now four kilometres (2.5 miles) from Afrin town.

Over the last 48 hours, Afrin city has reportedly been targeted by Turkish air raids, water has been cut off, and the internet severed.

Blocking the road with the minibus, the armed terrorists got out of the vehicle and confronted the civilians.

People in Syria and out have reportedly offered to stand between the YPG and Turkish forces set to storm the city.

Some vehicles carrying those civilians moved towards Tell Rifaat and south of Afrin from the district center. However, the term is usually used for the terrorists who have been killed in the operations.

Turkish Armed Forces and Free Syrian Army are advancing toward Afrin, and they now 1.5 kilometers southeast of the city center, Anadolu news agency said, citing military sources.

The terror group promises a $400 salary for those it wants to send to Afrin.

The U.N. estimates almost 400,000 civilians are living under a crippling siege in eastern Ghouta.

Using such tactics, on Sunday the group sent almost 100 people from Hasakah to Afrin.

Erdogan also stressed that Turkey's only goal in Syria was "fight against terrorism" and that it would withdraw its troops after this goal had been obtained.

Syrian Kurdish families in Winnipeg say they've lost relatives during attacks by the Turkish Army.

1,100 square kilometers of area has been cleared of terror threats during Afrin operation.

Meanwhile, the group also announces over loudspeakers in central Afrin: "Turkey lies. We didn't leave them, we won't".

North Atlantic Treaty Organisation members not only show no support towards Turkey's Operation Olive Branch and would even openly oppose Ankara's actions in Syria, but did not have the guts to do so, Erdogan claimed.

The operation is being carried out under the framework of Turkey's rights within global law, U.N. Security Council resolutions, its right to self-defense under the U.N. charter and respect for Syria's territorial integrity, it said.